Jose back to hurricane strength: North Carolina will feel some impacts

Hurricane Irma hits the Caribbean and Florida

Tropical Depression Fourteen has formed over the eastern Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. Tropical Storm Jose, with winds around 70 miles an hour, is likely to develop into a hurricane by Saturday. But as it slowly moves north, Jose still poses a threat to the northeast coast, including Long Island, which sits along the storm's "cone of uncertainty" potential path.

AccuWeather meteorologist Evan Duffey said that Jose was moving in a slow sloop because there are no systems in the area to drive it in any direction, USA Today reported.

Currently, the Carolina coast is under a low rip current risk. At one point last weekend, Jose was a Category 4 hurricane.

Regardless, large swells generated by Jose will continue to affect the Bahamas, Bermuda and the north coasts of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands the next several days.

The official forecast track from the hurricane center puts Jose as a strong tropical storm Wednesday 225 miles southeast of NY.

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Americans living along the US East between North Carolina and New England have been told to "monitor the progress" of Jose.

Forecasters caution that the track of Jose should be watched.

After that, it's possible that Jose could swipe the coast of New England or Canada on its northward journey, but the track is far less certain after Monday. It's drifting in an unusual southward direction as a high-pressure ridge strengthens to its north, and should begin a westward move over the next day. By early next week, Jose is forecast to be off the mid-Atlantic coast. Two major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have hit the United States, with Irma also demolishing islands in the Caribbean.

As they become tropical storms, each will earn a name; the first to do so will be given the name Lee, while the second will be given Maria.

The peak of hurricane season is generally from mid-August to mid-October.

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