NY state prepares Long Island for Hurricane Jose's impact

Carla Harmon
September 19, 2017

A few passing showers will hang around in southern New Hampshire Tuesday night as the effects of Hurricane Jose begin to move in.

"Over the next 24 to 36 hours, it is expected to move to the northeast, kind of parallel to the coastline, then off to the east and stall out over the weekend, well east of Cape Cod and Long Island", he added.

Jose will not only bring strong winds and heavy rain through Wednesday, the NWS warns, it's also causing risky rip and surf currents along the coast.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Jose is not expected to make landfall in the United States, but his track just offshore will bring some rain and wind to areas in New England, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Rainfall of 3 to 5 inches is expected over eastern Long Island, southeast CT, southern Rhode Island, and southeast MA, including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket through Wednesday. If the storm came a bit closer we could see more rain, but we could use some rain, so that's more of an inconvenience, not a flooding issue.

Jose will wobble away Thursday, leading to clearing skies and less humid conditions.

The rain is expected late Tuesday through Wednesday, while high winds are predicted Wednesday through Thursday.

The heaviest rain amounts will be in southern/southeastern New Hampshire.

Areas under a tropical storm watch could see gusts as high was 40 miles per hour and rainfall totals more than an inch. That's close enough for sustained strong winds, coastal flooding and heavy rain for much of Long Island and some potentially heavy rain and mild flooding closer to the city.

Here in western MA, we're only expecting a few showers and wind gusts less than 30 miles per hour.

Some coastal splash-over is possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Mainly cloudy. The most precarious high tide cycle will be Tuesday afternoon.

Wave heights could be 10-15 feet.

Coastal flood advisories and warnings, as well as high surf advisories, remain in effect through Wednesday. Be careful at the beaches.

Normally, when a hurricane or tropical storm gets this far north they get caught up in the westerlies and get dragged out to the middle of the Atlantic.

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