Jose to become hurricane, rip currents threaten U.S. coast

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Sept. 15 (UPI) — Jose is set to become a hurricane today while gradually turning toward the north, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 5 a.m. advisory, the NHC said the center of the storm was about 360 miles northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and about 500 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 70 mph. The storm was moving west-northwest at 8 mph.

Jose is expected to produce rip currents and high-surf along portions of the U.S. east coast.

“Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Jose is forecast to become a hurricane later today,” the NHC said.

Jose is also expected to turn north later today and on Saturday.

Jose could cause swells, leading to life-threatening surf and rip conditions along the southeastern U.S. coast, as well as Bermuda, the Bahamas, northern Puerto Rico and Hispanola. Those conditions will likely move northward along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, the NHC said.

Jose is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane — storms classified Category 3 or higher.

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