Major hurricane preps in place on Long Island ahead of storm

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

The governor added that state personnel will remain on LI after Jose passes just in case Hurricane Maria, a category 4 now churning up the Caribbean, also moves toward the Island. "Swells generated by Jose are likely to cause unsafe surf and rip current conditions for the next several days along much of the US east coast".

Jose was about 270 miles (440 kilometers) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras on Monday morning and moving north at 9 mph (15 kph).

Hurricane Jose isn't expected to make landfall under its current path but will likely get close enough to the New Jersey and Long Island coasts to cause large and destructive waves - and some moderate rain beginning late Monday with strong winds in New York City.

Parts of N.C. Highway 12 on the Outer Banks were closed by flooding Tuesday morning, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has reported.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin late tonight or early Wednesday. Storm surge of up to two feet is expected in flood-prone areas.

The weather service issued a small craft advisory until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Hurricane Jose has weakened to a minimal hurricane as it passes east of the Outer Banks, but it continues to bring steady onshore winds and high surf, causing overwash flooding along Hatteras Island. By late Monday morning, Maria packed sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

Meanwhile in the Caribbean, areas already battered by Hurricane Irma are now threatened by the newly formed Hurricane Maria.

Severe beach erosion is expected along parts of south and east facing beaches on the Cape and Islands and in eastern MA.

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