Hurricane Jose to turn a half-loop in Atlantic

Caicos after Irma

Calling it an "odd forecast track", the National Hurricane Center said that Jose should make a small clockwise loop over the open waters of the Atlantic for the next three days.

Jose was packing 85 m.p.h. winds - a category one storm - and was expected to remain a category one storm when it inches closer to land. Its minimum central barometric pressure is 28.59 inches. It's forecast to turn again sometime early Wednesday, Sept. 13, towards the southwest.

But models can have trouble forecasting unusual tracks such as Jose's expected path.

Remains of the storm could also push the jetstream further north dragging better weather to the British Isles, but the forecast is still questionable.

Caicos before Irma
Caicos before Irma

Last Sunday, Hurricane Jose passed north of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands as a Category 4 hurricane. "But then eventually move westward late this week and then more northward this weekend". Whether it impacts our forecast is still uncertain. Then, there's the lone model taking the storm through The Bahamas before making another Florida landfall. But forecasters warn that long-term forecasts are often off by hundreds of miles.

"If you hear a rumor, especially on social media, regarding what Jose may or may not do, please refer back to your National Weather Service local office or the National Hurricane Center".

But while it is expected to bring less devastation than initially feared, Jose has delayed much-needed aid to areas affected by Irma.

"The main circulation of Irma will move into the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states later this week and may even linger for part of the upcoming weekend", said AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rathbun. "However, those attending any outdoor events will want to grab a jacket or umbrella".

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