Hurricane Jose could threaten North Carolina as forecasters monitor two other Atlantic systems

Published Sep. 15, 2017

While Florida continues to cope with power loss, gas shortages and flooding following Hurricane Irma, forecasters are monitoring two more systems that could develop into named storms as they move across the Atlantic.

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This, as Hurricane Jose has re-strengthened and could prompt a tropical storm watch for North Carolina and produce high surfs and life-threatening rip current conditions along the U.S. East Coast.

A tropical depression far out in the Atlantic is forecast to become Tropical Storm Lee within the next 24 hours, forecasters said.

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The system has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, with higher gusts, and is located about 430 miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west at 10 mph.

Forecasters are also monitoring Invest 96-L, located about 1,200 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. The system has an 80 percent chance of developing into a named storm by next week.

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As of 5 p.m., Jose had maximum sustained winds and was located about 485 miles southwest of Bermuda and moving northwest at 10 mph.

A tropical storm watch may be issued for portions of the North Carolina coast on Saturday.

The storm is forecast to strengthen through Saturday as it continues its westerly track — but with an expected north-northwesterly turn on late Saturday night that could eventually threaten the Northeast and produce life-threatening surf and rip currents in the Southeast and along the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.