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LATEST ADVISORY ON HURRICANE JOSE
Friday 8th September 2017

Hurricane Jose is now an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane...hurricane watch in effect for Antigua and Barbuda.

Summary of 1100 am AST...1500 UTC
Location...16.3n 57.1w
About 415 mi...670 km ese of the Northern Leeward Islands
Maximum sustained winds...150 mph...240 km/h
Present movement...wnw or 285 degrees at 18 mph...30 km/h
Minimum central pressure...942 mb...27.82 inches

Watches and Warnings - Changes with this advisory:

A Tropical Storm watch has been issued for St. Thomas and St. John.

The Government of Antigua has issued a Tropical Storm watch for the British Virgin Islands.

The Government of France has issued a Tropical Storm warning for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

The Government of Sint Maarten has issued a Tropical Storm warning for Sint Maarten.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:
* Antigua, Barbuda, and Anguilla
* Sint Maarten
* St. Martin
* St. Barthelemy

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
* Antigua, Barbuda, and Anguilla
* St. Martin
* St. Barthelemy
* Sint Maarten

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
* Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* British Virgin Islands
* St. Thomas and St. John

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that Tropical Storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that Tropical Storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Discussion and 48-hour outlook

 

At 1100 am AST (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 16.3 north, longitude 57.1 west. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km/h).  A gradual turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Jose will pass near or east of the northeastern Leeward Islands on Saturday.

Recent data from an air force hurricane hunter plane indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher
gusts.  Jose is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.  Some fluctuations in intensity are possible for the next day or so, and gradual weakening is expected after that.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles
(185 km). The minimum central pressure indicated by data from the aircraft is 942 mb (27.82 inches).

View more updates from the National Hurricane Center.


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