US East Coast prepares for effects of Hurricane Jose

    19 de septiembre de 2017

    Miami, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- Hurricane Jose continues churning in the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

    Jose, a Category 1 hurricane, is about 380 kilometers (235 miles) east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 560 kilometers (350 miles) south-southwest of Nantucket, Massachusetts, the NHC said in its 1200 GMT advisory.

    The hurricane, which has maximum sustained winds of 120 kph (75 mph), is moving north at 15 kph (9 mph).

    "On the forecast track, the center of Jose is forecast to pass well offshore of the Delmarva peninsula later today, pass well to the east of the New Jersey coast on Wednesday, and pass offshore of southeastern Massachusetts by Thursday," the NHC said.

    The main effects of the storm will be on the shoreline, with strong tides expected to cause beach erosion along a wide swath of the coast.

    "Swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas and much of the US east coast. These swells are likely to cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions for the next several days in these areas," the NHC said.

    A tropical storm warning has been issued for Watch Hill to Hull, Block Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

    A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Long Island coast from Fire Island Inlet to Port Jefferson, and from New Haven to Watch Hill.