Jose is now off the U.S East Coast fluctuating between a hurricane and a tropical storm, and though most current reports said the storm should remain offshore, experts have not completely ruled out the possibility of a landfall as a Category 1 over the weekend.
USA Today said on Thursday the storm was likely to shift northward, edging the Mid-Atlantic as it tracked up the coast.
Fox News said Jose was downgraded to a tropical storm late Thursday morning, but said forecasters believed it would become a Category 1 hurricane by the weekend.
The National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. ET advisory confirmed this, saying that “maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph with higher gusts but some re-strengthening is forecast to begin on Friday, and Jose will likely become a hurricane again by the weekend.”
Jose was moving west from its location about 510 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and would produce swells that could impact the Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and the southeastern U.S with dangerous surf and rip-currents.
The report added that “tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.”
AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said Jose was expected to fluctuate between a minimal hurricane and tropical storm over the next several days.
He added that although Jose “will not come close to any landmass through at least Monday, it will generate large swells that will propagate away from the hurricane.”