Jose threatens rip currents, flooding off New Jersey coast

Jose threatens rip currents, flooding off New Jersey coast

As of daybreak, Jose was still a Category 1 hurricane but is expected to lose power as it approaches the Cape and Islands late tonight, and deliver weather consistent with a strong nor'easter. Visible and microwave satellite data showed that the storm was still producing well-defined convective bands on the north side of the circulation. Jose is a strong and large tropical storm.

The storm will continue "to slowly weaken" as it passes southeast of Long Island, the National Weather Service said.

At 8 a.m. EDT/AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near 39.6 degrees north latitude and 68.1 degrees west longitude. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, known as MODIS captured a visible light picture of the large tropical storm. That puts Jose's center about 150 miles (245 km) south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Nantucket will see the strongest effects in the area, with rain and the possibility of wind gusts around 50 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts a slow westward motion to begin on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Jose will continue to bring wind and rain to parts of southern New England through today, however. This rainfall could cause isolated flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas. The storm will probably continue to spin along the East Coast for several days, according to forecasters. Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible from DE to southern New England during the next several days.