Planes en route to determine strength of Tropical Storm Jose

Sept. 15 (UPI) — U.S. Air force planes were dispatched Friday to get a better look at whether Tropical Storm Jose might be a hurricane again, officials said.

In its 11 a.m. Friday advisory, forecasters said the center of Jose was about 360 miles northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and about 485 miles southwest of Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 70 mph and the storm was moving west-northwest at 9 mph.

Jose, formerly a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to produce rip currents and high-surf along portions of the U.S. east coast.

“Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Jose is forecast to become a hurricane later [Friday],” the National Hurricane Center said.

Jose is projected to turn northward late on Saturday and Sunday. Forecasters said it could also cause swells and life-threatening conditions in Bermuda, the Bahamas, northern Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Those conditions will likely move northward along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, the NHC said.

Jose is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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