Hurricane Jose not expected to threaten SWFL


A few keep the storm in the Atlantic, far from the United States.

WPTV Meteorologist Glenn Glazer says as Jose begins its push to the west upper-level steering winds are going to be moving off the east coast of the US along with some of the flow left over from Irma and that should push Irma back out to sea and eventually fall apart.

"It is too early to tell if Jose will have any direct impact on Florida, but it is expected to turn to the north in three or four days", the state Division of Emergency Management posted on its website Monday.

A westward motion is the result of a ridge of high pressure to the north and then east of the storm.

But models can have trouble forecasting unusual tracks such as Jose's expected path. The rest kept the storm out to sea.

The hurricane center's forecast goes out only five days. Things are often more uncertain than even the cone of uncertainty can account for. "There could be slightly rougher seas and higher risk for rip currents as that swell energy gets in".

Caicos before Irma
Caicos before Irma

Jose already has threatened other hurricane-weary countries.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from Jose's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical storm-force winds from Jose spread over the islands on Saturday. It is sporting sustained winds of 75 miles per hour with gusts up to 92 miles per hour.

Downtown Miami on September 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. Its path will actually take it on a loop through Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. As people begin picking up the pieces from the last hurricane, though, another one is waiting in the wings.

Jose was the third major hurricane in a row, behind Harvey and Irma.