Hurricane Jose hangs on in the Atlantic

Hurricane Jose hangs on in the Atlantic

Hurricane Jose hangs on in the Atlantic

Hurricane Jose, a pale followup to Category 5 Irma, could churn up North Carolina's coast with tropical-force winds and unsafe surf by this weekend, forecasters said.

At one point, Jose was a Category 4 hurricane that barely missed the same islands in the Antilles where Irma made a direct hit.

Jose, which has maximum sustained winds of 120 kph (75 mph), is moving southeast at 13 kph (8 mph), the NHC said in a public advisory released at 0900 GMT.

While track models are coming into better agreement on Jose's path, "there still remains a significant spread", among a few of the forecasts.

Jose is now off the U.S East Coast fluctuating between a hurricane and a tropical storm, and though most current reports said the storm should remain offshore, experts have not completely ruled out the possibility of a landfall as a Category 1 over the weekend.

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The storm is still expected to complete a slow clockwise loop during the next couple of days.

The inclusion of the Outer Banks marks the first time the United States has been in the forecast cone tracking Jose.

Jose is now at 80 miles per hour but is still moving at 3 miles per hour, according to the 11 p.m. Wednesday report.

Jose downgraded to a tropical storm late Thursday morning, earlier than initially expected by forecasters.

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