Hurricane Jose weakens a little as it turns east in Atlantic

Geneva Matthews
September 14, 2017

Powerful Hurricane Jose continued to track northwest and away from land on Sunday while still packing winds of 130 miles per hour.

Jose is moving toward the east near 7 miles per hour, and a turn to the southeast and south at a slow forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

There are now no watches or warnings with Jose or Irma.

However, Jose chose to change paths and spared the Caribbean and is now hurling in the Atlantic.

Jose is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane - which are classified Category 3 or higher. It is at 26.5 degrees north and 66.4 degrees west, about 495 miles northeast of The Southeastern Bahamas and 410 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. Although Jose's strength has diminished over the last two days, there is the chance that it could increase in strength once it completes its loop and turns towards the coast.

"There's no high-pressure system in the Atlantic at the moment like the one that pushed Irma toward the Bahamas", Live 5 Meteorologist Stephanie Sine said. "It will push the storm away from us".

Fortunately, over the weekend, Jose only brushed the islands of the Caribbean that had been slammed by Irma, such as Barbuda, Antigua and the Virgin Islands.

Of course, forecast models can change; Irma was definitely proof of that, with models originally pointing at a landfall as far north as North Carolina before consistently shifting west to a landfall on the west coast of Florida at Marco Island Sunday afternoon.

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