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Meteorologist Calms Fears of Jose’s “Loop”

A local meteorologist has sought to allay  the fears of residents of a possible “double hit” after international experts revealed that Hurricane Jose is expected to make a loop that will affect parts of the Caribbean.

Deputy Director at The Bahamas Department of Meteorology Jeffery Simmons speaking with The Bahama Journal said it too early to predict the storm’s exact path but The Bahamas should be in the clear.

“Right now we are still a few days out from that.  Being at least 5 days a way, we don’t put much confidence in these tracks beyond 3-5 days.

“The last point they had on it was on Friday, which is six days away there is still much uncertainty in the steering current of Jose

“There’s that slim possibility that it could affect the Bahamas, but we will have better information on that as we go through the week.

“At This point in time we don’t want to put anything out there that Jose is headed to The Bahamas, it is irresponsible at this time,” Mr. Simmons said.

Based on information from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Jose will make a looping path in the western Atlantic Ocean this week, generating high surf and rip currents that will affect parts of the U.S. East Coast and the northeast Caribbean.

Jose is currently located about 400 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands and is moving northwest.

A NOAA buoy located near Jose reported a wind gust to 110 mph early Sunday morning.

By midweek, steering winds should collapse, and Jose will stall out for some time between Bermuda, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

Swells generated by Jose and Irma will continue to affect the U.S. East Coast, leading to dangerous rip current conditions this week.

The future path of Jose after it makes its stalling loop in the western Atlantic remains uncertain, but we will continue to monitor it for any potential U.S. impact.

 

Written by Jones Bahamas

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