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HURRICANE WATCH IN PLACE FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Thursday 7th September 2017

Jose expected to become a major hurricane by Friday, with watches issued for the northern Leeward Islands. At 11am ECT or 1500Z, the centre of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 14.9 north, longitude 50.6 west or about 715 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. 

Jose is moving toward the west-northwest at 18 miles per hour. This general motion is expected to continue with a slight decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days. 

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph with higher gusts. strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday. 

Hurricane force winds extend up to 15 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles. 

The estimated minimum central pressure is 986 mb or 29.12 inches. 

Based upon the latest observation and analysis, Hurricane Jose could come very close to the Leeward Islands by early Saturday. As a result, a hurricane watch is now in place for Antigua and Barbuda while a tropical storm watch is in place for St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat and Anguilla. 

Therefore all residents of the Leeward Islands are urged to monitor the progress of hurricane jose close, as even a slight shift in the current track to the west could bring it dangerously close to the islands.

The next advisory will be at 5 pm ECT, or stay tuned to the Natonal Hurricane Centre.


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