LUMBERTON — It appears Jose, unlike Irma this past week and Matthew a year ago, has no interest in North Carolina, and Robeson County in particular.
Jose was a Category 4 hurricane this past weekend but ended the day on Thursday as a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. It was out in the Atlantic and moving west-northwest at 8 mph.
As of 6:45 p.m. the storm was located about 400 miles east-northeast of the southern Bahama Islands, said Rachel Zouzias, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington. The storm’s cone of probable movement did shift slightly Thursday, placing the northern tip of Cape Hatteras on the edge of the storm’s probable track.
Jose should move past the North Carolina coast early Monday through Tuesday, Zouzias said. Coastal regions could start seeing clouds and some rain starting Sunday. There is little chance of Robeson County seeing rain from Jose.
“It seems like the storm should be tracking north and remain off the coast,” Zouzias said.
Tropical Storm Jose is expected to bring rough surf and rip current conditions in the next few days. The swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Southeast coast. Those effects are expected to spread north along the mid-Atlantic coast in the next few days.
The National Hurricane Center issued a warning about possible life threatening rip currents along the East Coast on Thursday.
Jose is the sixth named hurricane of the Atlantic basin season, which lasts through November. The peak of hurricane season is generally from mid-August to mid-October. Two major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have hit the United States, with Irma also causing carnage in the Caribbean.