Up next: Hurricane Jose and where it's headed
- Author: Megan Austin Sep 13, 2017,
Sep 13, 2017, 0:29
The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday called it "a rather amorphous blob", situated in the Atlantic on Tuesday about 650 miles north of Puerto Rico, and its forecast path is somewhere between freakish and counterintuitive.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Jose continues to spin and is almost stationary, several hundred miles south of Bermuda, and several hundred miles north of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
At 5 a.m. Monday Category 2 Jose was located a few hundred miles northeast of Grand Turk Island steadily moving toward the north northwest near 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
Most of the long-term models beyond September 18 have the storm heading out to sea instead of heading west.
Hurricane Irma left a deadly wake in the Caribbean islands before slamming into the Florida Keys early Sunday, then pushing north through Florida. In fact, the storm is likely to continue to weaken in the days ahead.
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This is due, the center said, to an area of high pressure that will move around the hurricane over the next several days.
The remnants of Irma will actually help to steer the system this weekend, carving a path in the subtropical ridge that will make it easier for the storm to escape out to sea.
The National Hurricane Centre said: "Some additional weakening is possible during the next day or so, and Jose could weaken to a tropical storm later today".
Different potential paths mean Jose could remain at sea and not threaten land in any significant way. The official track shows Jose will not have any impact along the eastern United States.
Irma already had the ocean stirred up, and now Jose is becoming the dominant agitator, the weather service says.