Sunday 8 December, 2019

After Irma, Jose is on the way

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is advising of another tropical storm making its way across the Atlantic ocean. 

In a statement issued Wednesday around 11:00 am, the Met Office is assuring citizens that there is no immediate threat to Trinidad and Tobago, however interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Jose.

The Met Office said that at 11:00 am, Tropical Storm Jose was located near Latitude 13.1 N and Longitude 44.5 W or about 1825 kilometres east of the Lesser Antilles. 

Jose is moving west-northwest at 28 kilometres per hour. The current forecast track shows that the storm is expected to continue moving in a  west-northwest path over the next few days. 

A change of direction is expected as Jose approached the Caribbean over the weekend which will likely steer Jose just north of the Leeward islands. 

The Met Office adds that current data indicated that Jose, which is currently a tropical storm, had maximum sustained winds near 113 kilometres per hour which is just shy of hurricane strength. 

"Jose has become much more organised and microwave imagery is showing a defined centre as well as an enhanced outer band."

"This also indicates that Jose's development into a hurricane is possible in the near future," the Met Office said. 

The Met Office said based on current data, as Jose traverses the Atlantic, a steady increase in strength is expected and wind speeds may approach Category 3 strength near 72 hours (Saturday, September 9).

The Met Office affirms again that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm threat, watch or warning. 

The Met Office will continue to monitor the storm's progress and provide updates as the situation develops. 

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