Sept. 14 (UPI) — Hurricane Jose is slowly moving westerly in the Atlantic Ocean and should weaken to a tropical storm by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.
In it 5 a.m. Thursday advisory, the NHC said the center of the storm was about 445 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and about 510 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 75 mph, keeping Jose a Category 1 hurricane. The storm is moving south at 3 mph, and is expected to turn northwest later Thursday.
Jose was downgraded to Category 1 on Tuesday. It is not expected to make landfall, but could cause swells, leading to life-threatening surf and rip conditions along the southeastern U.S. coast, as well as Bermuda, the Bahamas, and northern Puerto Rico and Hispanola. Those conditions will likely move northward along the eastern United States, the NHC said.
Jose is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane — storms classified Category 3 or higher.