Hurricane Jose hangs on in the Atlantic

A sheriff's officer passes by a beachfront home destroyed by Hurricane Irma in Vilano Beach Florida

Hurricane Jose was downgraded to a tropical storm and is "moving slowly westward" on Thursday morning, September 14, according to an update from the U.S. National Hurricane Center at 5 a.m.

Hurricane Jose is hanging on as a 75-mph tropical cyclone that remains in an idle before taking a path that could send it harmlessly out to sea.

With maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, Jose was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm in the hurricane center's 11 a.m. ET advisory. It is forecast to eventually move west-northwest by late Thursday.

At 6am, Jose was 377 nautical miles to the islands south and heading southeast at about 8mph as it makes its “clockwise loop over open water”. The vast majority of computer models still keep the storm out to sea, but a few show it making a potential landfall along the US East Coast, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

Its expected to turn north-northwest around 8 a.m. Saturday and continue in that direction, with a slight shift to north-northeast between 8 a.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Forecasters say these swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Hurricane Jose could whip up potentially unsafe surf conditions and exacerbate beach erosion from Hurricane Irma.