No way, Jose: Hurricane slightly weakens in Atlantic

Caicos after Irma

Caicos after Irma

As people in Florida, the Caribbean and the South cope with the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, another hurricane is spinning in the Atlantic, and forecasters aren't certain if it will impact the U.S.

Most of the long-term models beyond September 18 have the storm heading out to sea instead of heading west.

As for its forecast, hurricanes in this part of the Atlantic often race out to sea and into oblivion, but that won't be the case with Jose. According to Weather Underground, the hurricane is expected to weaken over the next few days as it makes "a slow clockwise loop" in the Atlantic, passing over cool water it previously churned up. Understandably, not too many in the Sunshine State have had time or attention for Jose.

It's still way too early to know exactly where Jose will end up, but it wouldn't be a bad idea for the United States to get comfortable with another hurricane making landfall.

Speaking to The Tribune yesterday, local Meteorology Department forecaster Ian McKenzie said Jose's three-day cone has it located to the east of The Bahamas in a projected looping motion.

Caicos before Irma
Caicos before Irma

- GFS, the American forecast model, and the ECMWF, the European one - keep Jose over the ocean.

By Friday morning, despite a full six days of movement, the National Hurricane Center expects Jose to be just 300 miles away from its current position. There is some additional weakening possible in the coming days, and Jose could become to a tropical storm on Tuesday.

Tropical storm-force winds from Jose spread over the islands on Saturday. The loop back toward the coast comes after Jose is expected to travel southwest - essentially backwards - and then move closer to shore.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30.

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