Stay away, Jose: Hurricane meanders in open Atlantic

Jose has officially become the season's fifth hurricane

On Sept. 12 at 1:35 p.m. EDT (15:35 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Hurricane Jose.

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.

NASA's Terra satellite is one of many satellites keeping a close eye on Hurricane Jose and saw the storm between the Bahamas and Bermuda.

The hurricane "is expected to make a slow clockwise loop during the next 36 to 48 hours, moving west-northwestward by late Thursday", the NHC said.

The swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and the US Southeast coast.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

Tropical Storm Jose is moving west in the Atlantic.

The storm is forecast to head a few hundred miles east of the U.S. East Coast, possibly bringing rough seas and rainfall.

The next update from the NHC will be at 5 a.m. Thursday.

The eastern Atlantic has been very active this summer with both Irma and Jose originating in this area of the ocean. The swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and risky rip currents.

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