Tropical Storm Jose to Clip the Jersey Shore

Tropical Storm Jose to Clip the Jersey Shore

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

Parts of Long Island remain under a tropical storm watch ahead of Hurricane Jose, which is expected to stay out to sea but still deliver punishing rains, rough surf, wind and beach erosion to the area.

Tropical storm force winds will continue over the ocean waters east of Fire Island Inlet.

High surf was reported across the region.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jose is swirling east of New Jersey, but forecasters are warning of rip currents and coastal flooding. A disturbance moving out of the Great Lakes, along with a ridge of high pressure nosing into New England out of Quebec will force Jose to gradually turn northeast away from the East Coast.

NHC said Jose is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches over Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, and 2 to 4 inches in Nantucket as it passes offshore today into Thursday. Cloud top temperatures around the rest of the circulation were warmer indicating weaker storms. The outer rain bands were near the coast of southern New England.

At 8 a.m. EDT/AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near 39.6 degrees north latitude and 68.1 degrees west longitude. Maximum sustained winds are near 70 miles per hour (110 kph) with higher gusts.

The National Hurricane Center noted that "Jose is stationary, and the system is expected to continue to meander off the coast of southeast New England for the next several days". A gust to 48 miles per hour (78 kph) was recently reported at the Nantucket Airport.

"The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide this morning", the NWS warning said.

Despite the strongest side facing away from the coast, unsafe surf and rip currents expected to continue for several more days along much of the east coast of the United States.

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