Tuesday 25 September, 2018

UPDATE: Hurricane Jose gets a little stronger

(Source: US National Hurricane Center)

(Source: US National Hurricane Center)

UPDATE [September 7, 8:30 a.m.]:

The US National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Jose has increased a little in strength and that warnings and watches could be issued for parts of the Leeward Islands this morning.

At 5:00 a.m., the centre of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 14.8 North, longitude 49.1 West - about 815 miles (1310 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.

Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 986 mb (29.12 inches).

There are currently no hazards affecting land and no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

However, interests in the Leeward Islands are advised to monitor the progress of Jose as Hurricane and Tropical Storm Watches will likely be required for portions of these islands later this morning.

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The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has advised that a "quickly strengthening" Jose has become a hurricane.

In a 5:00 p.m. bulletin, the NHC said the centre of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 13.9 North, longitude 45.8 West - about 1040 miles (1675 km) east of the Lesser Antilles.

Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.

Additional strengthening is forecast, and Jose could be near major hurricane (wind speed greater than 110 mph) strength on Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches).

Jose has not caused any hazards on land and there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Interests in the Leeward Islands have been advised to monitor the progress of Hurricane Jose.