Jose weakens to a tropical storm: NHC

Jose has officially become the season's fifth hurricane

Hurricane Jose: Track takes weakening storm on an Atlantic loop

The cone shows the probable track of the center of a storm over a five-day period.

The so-called cone of uncertainty for Tropical Storm Jose now includes North Carolina's Outer Banks after the National Hurricane Center shifted its forecast west Thursday. It is forecast to head northwest over the weekend, by which time it is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm.

Jose has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, a far cry from last week when it was a Category 4 storm. It's 475 miles east-northeast of the Southeastern Bahamas.

WeatherBell has been very accurate with hurricane forecasts and they do strengthen Jose to a Category 3 storm close to the Outer Banks and a Cat 2 storm southeast of Cape Cod.

A few of the weather models has brought Jose close to our southern coast of New England and off the coast of Cape Cod by Wednesday, with gusty winds and rough seas. Keep in mind it is still way too early and models routinely have difficulties forecasting that far out.

Hurricane Jose could whip up potentially unsafe surf conditions and exacerbate beach erosion from Hurricane Irma.

Its expected to turn north-northwest around 8 a.m. Saturday and continue in that direction, with a slight shift to north-northeast between 8 a.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18. These are common in the Atlantic in the middle of hurricane season.

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