The category 1 hurricane lumbering up the coast is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it starts dumping 1-3 inches of rain on the Island, primarily Tuesday night into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Upton. The storm is not expected to make a direct impact on LI, but is forecast to deliver a passing blow.

Jose was downgraded to a tropical storm late Tuesday night as its top winds decreased to about 70 miles per hour (110 kph). Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected along the southeastern MA coastline.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect east of New Haven but it seems unlikely tropical storm force winds will occur anywhere in CT (which means sustained winds above 39 mph).

Our region is now sandwiched between two different systems - a stationary front to the west and Tropical Storm Jose to the east. The hurricane will be close enough to bring potential impacts of tropical storm force winds, coastal flooding, and heavy rainfall.

Rain will fall off and on Tuesday as the outer bands of Jose rotate in.

Meteorologists Monday night cautioned that if the system moves further west than expected, wind, rain and flooding would be more significant. About an inch of rain is also forecast for locations along the shore. In these areas that extend from the Connecticut-Rhode Island border through DE, including Long Island and the New Jersey coast, tropical storm conditions are possible.