Tuesday 13 November, 2018

UPDATE: Jose expected to strengthen into a hurricane

(Source: US National Hurricane Center)

(Source: US National Hurricane Center)

UPDATE [September 6, 11:50 a.m.]:

Tropical Storm Jose is close to hurricane strength, with wind speeds near 65 mph. Hurricanes have wind speeds between 74 mph and 110 mph.

At 11:00 a.m. AST (1500 UTC), the centre of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 13.1 North, longitude 44.5 West, about 1135 miles (1825 km) east of the Lesser Antilles. 

Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Continued gradual strengthening is forecast and Jose is expected to become a hurricane by later today.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the centre. The estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb (29.47 inches).

The system currently poses no threat to land and no watches or warnings are in effect.

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UPDATE [September 6, 6:20 a.m.]:

At 500 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 42.8 West, about 1255 miles (2020 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.

Jose is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h). A slightly faster west to west-northwest motion is expected during the next two days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center. 

Additional strengthening is forecast, and Jose is expected to become a hurricane by tonight.

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UPDATE [11:00 p.m.]:

Tropical Storm Jose continues to strengthen gradually and is now expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday night.

This was the latest update from the US National Hurricane Center.

At 11:00 p.m., the centre of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 41.7 West - about 1,330 miles (2140 km) east of the Lesser Antilles

Jose is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A slightly faster west to west-northwest motion is expected during the next two days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center.

Additional strengthening is forecast, and Jose is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday night.

Jose presently does not pose any threat to land and there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. However, interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the future progress of Jose.

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UPDATE [5:00 p.m.]:

The US National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Jose is gaining strength in the central tropical Atlantic.

At 5:00 p.m., the centre of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 40.6 West - about 1400 miles (2255 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.

Jose is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h) and a movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the centre.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Thursday.

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Tropical Storm Jose has formed over the open Atlantic - the 10th tropical storm for the season, says the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The NHC this morning advised that interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the future progress of Jose, which could become a hurricane by Friday.

At 11:00 a.m., the centre of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 39.1 West, a 1505 miles (2420 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.

Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h) and a movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the centre.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday.

Tropical Storm Jose currently poses no threat to land and there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

This development comes even as many Caribbean islands brace for the impact of Irma, now a Category 5 hurricane, with 175 mph winds.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, parts of the Dominican Republic, parts of Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Southeastern Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and Dominica.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for parts of the Dominican Republic and parts of Haiti.

Interests elsewhere in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as Cuba, the central and northwestern Bahamas, and Florida have been advised to monitor the progress of Irma.