Norma Nears Hurricane Strength; Jose Returns to Hurricane Status

A map of Hurricane Jose's projected path as of Friday evening // Map by the National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Norma is nearing hurricane strength, while Jose has made a return to hurricane status.

According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Norma is almost a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. The storm is near Baja California Sur, where it could bring rough surf to Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas and the coast of southwestern Mexico. The storm could strengthen into a hurricane this evening or tonight, and is expected to move toward the northwest over the next couple of days. A tropical storm watch could be issued tonight for part of the peninsula.

American Airlines has issued a change waiver for customers flying through San Jose Cabo for travel September 16 – 18, with rebooked travel to take place through September 22.

Delta has issued a waiver for Cabo San Lucas on travel September 16 – 18. The ticket must be reissued on or before September 22 with rebooked travel to take place no later than that date.

Hurricane Jose Returns

Jose, meanwhile, has strengthened back to hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Jose narrowly missed making landfall in the Caribbean immediately after Hurricane Irma devastated the region. Instead, the storm traveled a small loop over the Atlantic, eventually weakening into a tropical storm.

Now the National Hurricane Center is advising an area ranging from North Carolina north to New England along the eastern coast of the United States to monitor the progress of Jose, as it is expected to continue to track to the northwest over the next couple of days. A tropical storm watch may be needed for a portion of the coast of North Carolina on Saturday.

No airline waivers as a result of Jose have been issued thus far.

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