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Hurricane Jose will do a loop-the-loop in the Atlantic. Then what?

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 9/11/2017 By Martin Finucane
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Hurricane Jose is meandering around the Atlantic so much it’s expected to perform a “rather odd” loop-the-loop in the next few days, the National Hurricane Center says.

But once it straightens out, it will be aimed at the East Coast, it could strengthen, and it bears watching, says one expert.

At 11 a.m., the hurricane was 305 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos. It was moving north at 9 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

It’s headed on a “rather odd forecast track,” the center said. Forecasters expect it to complete a clockwise loop over the water in the next couple of days.

For several days, the storm is expected to weaken, but on Days 4 and 5, it will move toward warmer water and there is a potential for “modest reintensification,” the center said.

By early Saturday, it will have come out of its loop and it will be about 340 miles east of Florida, with 90-mile-per-hour winds, according to the center’s forecast. It will be moving west-northwest.

Joe D’Aleo, chief meteorologist for Weatherbell Analytics, said some models show that Jose will go up the East Coast and stay well off the coast of New England.

“Hopefully, that’s what will happen. We don’t need any more hurricanes,” he said.

This hurricane season has already seen two major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, hammer the United States and the Caribbean. Once a powerful Category 5, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday but it was still lashing Florida with winds and floodwaters.

While it might seem like Nature has nothing left in its arsenal, “We’re still vulnerable,” said D’Aleo, noting that hurricane season continues into the fall. The season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

“We’re still in that mode where we need to be very vigilant about what’s going on,” said D’Aleo. “It’s something that we’re watching very carefully.”


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