As Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and tore into Florida last week, Tropical Storm Jose was out there, too, waiting in the wings, spinning its windy wheels. Irma is gone, but Jose lives on, and weather experts from the National Hurricane Center are saying that the storm could regain hurricane strength on Friday and cause life-threatening rip currents along portions of the United States’ East Coast.
The tropical storm is located about 510 miles south-southwest of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and could gradually turn toward the north in the next two days, the NHC said.
“Jose could produce other direct impacts next week along portions of the east coast of the United States from North Carolina northward to New England,” according to the NHC.
People who live from North Carolina northward to New England are being urged to monitor the progress of Jose during the next several days, the NHC said, adding, “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 U.S. during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions.”
As Jose menaces the East Coast, Hurricane Max, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, dumped heavy rain over southern Mexico after slamming into a sparsely-populated stretch of the Pacific coast.
Gov. Hector Astudillo warned that the rains would continue through the night, creating fears of flooding and landslides in Guerrero and Oaxaca states.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center had earlier issued a hurricane warning for the coastline between Zihuatanejo and Punta Maldonado, but the rapidly weakening Max should become a tropical depression before it dissipates by early Friday.
Max had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was located approximately 95 miles east of Acapulco Thursday night. It was heading toward the east at 7 mph, the hurricane center reported.
Located about 30 miles from where the hurricane made landfall, Acapulco was hit by strong winds and rain that blew down some branches on the city’s coastal boulevard.
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