Thursday 23 November, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda spared Jose's wrath as hurricane changes course

Hurricane Jose's potential track area as of 5AM, Saturday 9 September (NWS Hurricane Watch Centre)

Hurricane Jose's potential track area as of 5AM, Saturday 9 September (NWS Hurricane Watch Centre)

At 7 am today, the Antigua Met Service announced Hurricane Warning for Barbuda and Anguilla has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning while the Hurricane Watch for Antigua has been discontinued.

This as the near-category five Hurricane Jose appears to have shifted further to the North West.

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in place for Antigua while the Tropical Storm Watch previously in place for Monstserrat, St Kitts and Nevis has been discontinued.

According to the Antigua News Room, “Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). A continued west-northwest to northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the core of Jose will pass close to or just east of the northern Leeward Islands today.”

On Wednesday, while Antigua escaped major damage from Hurricane Irma, its sister island, Barbuda, was not so fortunate.

The island sustained widespread devastation with 95 percent of the houses destroyed or damaged.