To the west, another system prompted tropical storm watches for a portion of the Lesser Antilles and was forecast to strengthen and brush by islands that were recently wrecked by Irma. The chance for tropical storm force winds on eastern Long Island has been downgraded to 20 to 30 percent, from 30 to 40 percent, Vaz said.
In its 5 p.m. Saturday advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the center of Jose was about 485 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and 485 miles west-southwest of Bermuda.
A forecast cone for Hurricane Jose as of 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that Tropical Storm Jose regains its strength and became a hurricane again on Friday afternoon, bringing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour and moves northwest at 9 miles per hour within the Atlantic Ocean.
Hurricane Jose, a category one storm, may begin affecting the East Coast as far south as North Carolina within a few days.
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Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Monday night or Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible on Monday.
The government of Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday issued a Hurricane Warning for St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat and a Tropical Storm Warning for Antigua and Barbuda. This means that conditions are favorable for tropical storm conditions at the Jersey Shore.
Tropical storm watches were also in effect for St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Sustained winds reached 50 miles per hour.
A fall trough moving across the USA, he said, could also strengthen a ridge in the northeast, preventing the storm from moving out to sea.
Drew Pearson, emergency manager, says residents and visitors should stock up on any essentials and watch the forecast through Tuesday in case the storm track farther inland. It's on track to strengthen to a major hurricane and could affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by mid-week next week.
Hurricane Jose is churning its way toward New England, sparking fears that parts of the Bay State could take a direct hit from the Category 1 storm as weather experts scramble to predict how close it will come to the coast when it swirls into the region later this week.