Hurricane Jose Misses Caribbean; Storm to Wander West Atlantic

The forecast track of Hurricane Jose as of Monday morning // Map by the National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Jose missed making landfall in the Caribbean over the weekend, and is forecast to travel on a small loop in the Atlantic over the next few days.

According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is passing well northeast of the Turks and Caicos, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. No watches or warnings are in effect at this time, although the storm could generate swells that could affect surf in portions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic; the Bahamas; and Turks and Caicos over the next couple of days.

The storm is expected to turn toward the northeast tonight, followed by a slower motion toward the southeast Tuesday and Tuesday night, gradually weakening the entire time. Over the next few days, the storm is expected to complete a small clockwise loop over the open waters of the western Atlantic.

The miss is good news for the Caribbean, where as of late Friday Jose had been set to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in a region still reeling from the aftereffects of Hurricane Irma. Irma damaged a number of hotels in the region, and also caused heavy damage to the infrastructure in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Martin / St. Maarten, Barbuda and St. Barts.

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