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Hurricane Jose tracking westward; does the USA have to worry?

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Hurricane Jose tracking westward; does the USA have to worry?

Life-threatening rip currents are possible along portions of the US east cost from Jose, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The update added: "Although the center of Jose is now forecast to pass well east of the North Carolina coast early next week, tropical-storm-force winds are expected to extend well west of the center and could approach the North Carolina Outer Banks on Monday".

The National Hurricane Center is reporting that two new storm systems are forming in the far eastern Atlantic.

Their forecast track goes out only five days, and shows Jose several hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina by Tuesday as a hurricane headed east of north.

AccuWeather meteorologist Evan Duffey said that Jose was moving in a slow sloop because there are no systems in the area to drive it in any direction, USA Today reported.

Rip current risks will increase along the U.S. East Coast through the weekend into early next week.

At one point, Jose was a Category 4 hurricane that barely missed the same islands in the Antilles where Irma made a direct hit. The swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and the US Southeast coast.

Surf's up along the New Jersey shore because of Tropical Storm Jose.

Tropical Storm Jose is moving slowly to the northwest, averaging about 8 mph, and is about 500 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. In this scenario, the storm would mainly be a hazard to cruise and shipping interests in the North Atlantic.

But models can have trouble forecasting unusual tracks such as Jose's expected path.

The track for Hurricane Jose is a unusual one. In this case, hurricane conditions are expected within the next 12 hours.

There have already been six named hurricanes this season: Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia. "This should result in weakening as indicated in the forecast", the National Hurricane Center said.

If TD #14 would be upgraded to a tropical storm, it could get the name "Lee".

The peak of hurricane season is generally from mid-August to mid-October.

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