Hurricane Jose far from US East Coast as Storm Maria forms

Storm Maria is also expected to form into a hurricane which will affect the US east coast, the National Hurricane Centre has warned

17 September 2017, 3:33pm
This has been one of the most active hurricane season in the US, generating hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Jose. Photo: ABC News
This has been one of the most active hurricane season in the US, generating hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Jose. Photo: ABC News
Hurricane Jose is expected to pass east of the North Carolina coast and remain off the US East Coast from Virginia to New England. Tropical Storm Maria however, has formed and is forecast to become a hurricane early next week, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Maria could threaten several Caribbean islands, some of which were devastated by Hurricane Irma less than two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the NHC said the coastline from North Carolina to New England should monitor Hurricane Jose’s progress and forecast that tropical storm watches may be needed for portions of that stretch during the next day or two.

“However, an increase in the size of the storm or a westward adjustment in the track forecast could bring tropical storm conditions closer to the Outer Banks” of North Carolina, the forecast said.

Jose could also affect the Virginia-to-New England area, especially if it deviates from its forecast track, the NHC said.

The NHC said it was generating swells affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and much of the U.S. East Coast. It said these swells are likely to cause dangerous surf and life-threatening rip currents for several days in these areas.

The 2017 hurricane season in the Atlantic has been one of the most active in recent memory, generating the hugely powerful Irma that went on to lash Florida and Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into the Texas Gulf coast and caused deadly flooding in Houston.