Jose Update from MEMA - 09/16/17 10:30 a.m.

Still uncertain but some tropical storm effects likely

From the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:

Hurricane Jose (info as of 10:00 AM on 9/16)

As of 5 AM today, Hurricane Jose was a Category 1 hurricane located 550 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

At 4 to 5 days out there continues to be a fair amount of uncertainty in the track. The average error in the NHC track being greater than 175 miles. Based on the latest forecast model from the National Hurricane Center, the actual projected track of the storm will keep its center offshore to our east and south, but central, eastern and southeastern Massachusetts remain in the so-called ‘cone of uncertainty.’ Jose is still anticipated to make its closest approach to Southern New England late Tuesday into Wednesday. At present, Jose is forecast to be a tropical storm as it makes its closest pass to our area.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
Even if the center of the storm tracks well offshore, southern New England, especially the Cape and the Islands, remains at risk for high surf, dangerous rip currents, beach erosion, at least tropical storm force winds and wind gusts, scattered or isolated power outages, scattered or isolated tree damage, rain (anywhere from less than 1” to 6”), and at least minor coastal flooding. More significant impacts are possible if the center of the storm tracks closer to, or over New England.

MEMA continues to monitor Jose’s progress and forecasts and will provide updated information.

PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION
• Have an emergency plan and a well stocked emergency kit: www.mass.gov/mema/ready
• Download our Massachusetts Alerts app for weather warnings and other emergency alerts for your area on your iOS or Android: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp
• Take steps to prepare for hurricanes: mass.gov/mema/hurricanes


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