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Jose returns to hurricane strength

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Jose returns to hurricane strength

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Jose has become a hurricane again and tropical storm watches are possible in the United States on Saturday.

While no coastal watches or warnings were in effect on Friday evening, the National Hurricane Center said interests from North Carolina northward to New England on the east coast of the United States should monitor Jose’s progress.

A tropical storm watch may be needed for a portion of the coast of North Carolina on Saturday.

Swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and the southeast coast of the United States, and will spread northward along the Mid-Atlantic coast of the US during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

At 5 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 27.1 North, longitude 70.3 West.

Jose is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h).  This general motion is expected today, follow by a turn to the north-northwest by late Saturday and toward the north on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some strengthening is forecast through Saturday, with weakening possibly beginning on late Sunday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).

The minimum central pressure as estimated from Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter data is 983 mb (29.03 inches). (NB)