Tropical Storm Jose could bring tropical-storm force winds and "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" to the East Coast early next week, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Friday.
Swells generated by Jose are currently affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the southeast coast of the U.S. The swells are expected to spread northward along the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. over the next few days, bringing dangerous surf and rip current conditions.
Tropical storm-force winds could approach North Carolina's Outer Banks on Monday. "Interests from North Carolina northward to New England on the east coast of the United States should monitor the progress of this system," the NHC said.
Jose currently boasts maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, with higher gusts, and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from its center. "Some strengthening" is expected over the next two days.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter plane is en route to get a better wind speed estimate and determine whether Jose is a hurricane again.
The storm is currently centered about 360 miles northeast of the southern Bahamas and about 485 miles southwest of Bermuda, and it is moving northwest at 9 mph. "This general motion is expected today, follow by a turn to the north-northwest by late Saturday and toward the north on Sunday," the NHC said.