RICHMOND, Va. -- Jose regained hurricane status Friday afternoon with winds strengthening to around 75 mph. Winds were at 80 mph Saturday morning. It should remain a category one hurricane through much of the weekend.
The forecast track has it making a bit of a northerly turn, keeping it between the Mid-Atlantic coast and Bermuda. Jose may hit Cape Cod or other sections of New England next week.
Computer model spaghetti plots continue to keep the center of Jose away from the Virginia coast.
The impact to Virginia will be minimal:
- central Virginia will see an increase in cloud cover and wind gusts
- coastal Virginia may experience minor tidal flooding and some showers
- Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks could have waves over 15 feet
There are also two areas to watch in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Lee (formerly Tropical Depression 14) is located in the eastern Atlantic. The forecast track will take it northwestward into the central Atlantic as it weakens.
A disturbance east of the Lesser Antilles has strengthened into Tropical Storm Maria, and should become a hurricane in the next few days.
The forecast track brings it westward towards the Caribbean. We need to watch this one because it may get closer to the United States early next week. Do not get overly concerned that some of the models bring the storm near the Mid-Atlantic coast. A lot will change over the coming week. Remember that some of the computer models for Irma initially brought it near the Outer Banks. So, keep an eye on the changes in the track for the next week, but don't worry a lot just yet.
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