Jose set to batter East Coast with heavy rain, coastal flooding

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This storm comes on the heels of Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm that claimed more than two dozen lives across the Caribbean and southeastern United States.

Tropical Storm Maria is now a hurricane, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

In the meantime, Maria's immediate threat to the Caribbean is very real and very risky, while Jose still bears watching for some impacts along the coast from Virginia to New England.

As for Hurricane Jose, it weakened slightly as it moved about 270 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, according to the 8 a.m. advisory. By Monday, Jose will be offshore from the Carolinas, by Tuesday tropical storm force winds are possible in those areas under a Tropical Storm Watch.

Hurricane Jose continues its slow northward trek but remains far from land as it generates powerful swells affecting coastal areas in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the USA southeast. While a direct hit from Jose is still looking unlikely, but a glancing blow will bring impacts here in ME this week.

Jose set to batter East Coast with heavy rain, coastal flooding
Jose set to batter East Coast with heavy rain, coastal flooding

Rehoboth Beach Patrol Captain Kent Buckson said he expects the water to be closed until the storm passes. The storm is predicted to bring six to 12 inches of rain across the islands. The rain will fall in fits and starts into Tuesday night, before ramping up to a shield of heavy rain overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday.

"The aircraft data indicate that Maria has a compact circulation, which could make it a prime candidate for significant intensification in an environment of low shear and warm SSTs [sea surface temperatures]", NHS forecaster Robbie Brown said. Is moving north at 9 miles per hour. The trees still have their leaves and these act as sails in wind.

Reppert said the most likely track for Jose will bring the hurricane about 100 miles off Cape Cod. Mariners should remain in port after today, and secure vessels for gusts to 65 miles per hour from the northeast. For other high tides, go to weather.gov/phi/tides. Rough surf and any surge would cause splash-over & erosion.

Current forecasts predict that the islands will bear the brunt of Maria's winds; the storm is now expected to dissipate before reaching the US coast.

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