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Hurricane Jose: Track takes weakening storm on an Atlantic loop

Hurricane Jose: Track takes weakening storm on an Atlantic loop

"We should not take too much comfort, or indulge in too much angst, over a particular set of model runs".

The hurricane center's forecast shows Jose reintensifying into a hurricane by early Thursday and turning more to the west, a track that could bring it within a few hundred miles of the Bahamas by the weekend.

Current long-term forecast models for Jose are all over the map next week.

During the weekend the projected track has it well off the Florida and Georgia coasts, and the model consensus keeps it at sea, but five days is a quasi-eternity in the hurricane-forecasting universe. There is some additional weakening possible in the coming days, and Jose could become to a tropical storm on Tuesday.

The center's official forecast finds Jose just over 400 miles from Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday morning.

The storm may bring a high risk of rip currents, too.

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Have a family discussion about what you will do, where you will go and how you will communicate with each other when a storm threatens.

It was a category 1 hurricane. The loop back toward the coast comes after Jose is expected to travel southwest - essentially backwards - and then move closer to shore. It will likely dissipate from Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.

In a Monday afternoon report, AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski says a high pressure system will cause Jose to move in a circular fashion throughout the week. If history is a guide, more will be on the way.

If that happens, by September 18 it could again be pointed at the islands all but destroyed by Hurricane Irma last week.

While hurricanes doing clockwise loops are rare, they are not unheard of. Last year, Hurricane Otto formed on November 20 and made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 2 storm.