We still have two powerful active tropical systems. Jose has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is bringing gusty winds, riptides and heavy surf to the east coast. Maria is a Category 2 Hurricane and is taking a path toward the southern Bahamas. It's exact track and impact for the eastern US won't be clear until this weekend. Right now it looks like neither storm will a direct hit on the U.S. mainland.
Tropical Storm Jose
The center of Tropical Storm Jose is located 150 miles SE of Nantucket, Massachusetts.Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph with higher gusts. Additional gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles from the center.
Jose is moving toward the east-northeast near 6 mph, and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Thursday. A slow westward motion should begin Thursday night. On this forecast track, the center of Jose is expected to meander off the coast of southern New England during the next few days. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days.
The eye of Hurricane Maria is located 55 ENE of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Preliminary data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 110 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles.
Maria is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph and this general motion with a decrease in forwards peed is expected through Thursday night. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Friday. On this forecast track, the core of Hurricane Maria will continue to move away from the northwestern coast of Puerto Rico this evening. The core will then pass offshore of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic tonight and Thursday and then move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas Thursday night and Friday. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and Maria could regain major hurricane status by Thursday.