Hurricane Jose remains well off the eastern coast of the United States, but it could bring tropical storm-force winds to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket by Thursday.
According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is approximately 235 miles east northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 350 miles south southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, and an area ranging from Watch Hill to Hull.
Hurricane Jose is expected to pass well offshore of the Delmarva peninsula later today, and well east of the New Jersey coast Wednesday, when it will begin to gradually weaken. The storm should pass offshore of southeastern Massachusetts by Thursday. Jose is a large storm, with hurricane-force winds extending 45 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extending 310 miles from the center.
In addition to the tropical storm-force winds, Hurricane Jose is expected to continue to cause dangerous surf and rip currents along the east coast for the next several days.
American Airlines has issued a change waiver for customers traveling through the Northeastern U.S. through September 20. Customers must have bought their ticket by September 18, and rebooked travel must take place through September 23 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).
United Airlines, Delta and JetBlue have issued waivers for travel through September 20, with rebooked travel to take place through September 23. Customers flying on Southwest Airlines through September 20 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the same city pair.