Tropical Depression Fourteen forms over eastern Atlantic

Attention in the tropics is quickly shifting to Tropical Storm Jose. It has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Jose continues to churn over the open waters of the Atlantic, well to the south of Bermuda. At present, Jose is 375 miles northeast of the southeastern Bahamas, and has been moving at a speed of 8 mph in a west northwest direction. The National Hurricane Center expects the storm to turn north Saturday night. And it still could be out there for a week or more, a local meteorologist adds.

Swells generated by Jose are already affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and the US southeast coast.

So, the obvious question: Will it impact here?

Jose could hit or graze the Mid-Atlantic, New England or Atlantic Canada coasts early next week, AccuWeather said, or potentially spin completely out to sea.

"The rain is mostly situated around the storm system itself", Orrock said, "So any potential for rainfall will be along the immediate coast and in the bay".

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. "But there is still moderate to high risk for rip currents along the coast". There could be high waves, perhaps some beach erosion, he said. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. The storm could affect five refineries along the East Coast that are able to process about 1.1 million barrels a day of oil, Bloomberg data show.

On Sunday and Monday, the storm should be passing between Bermuda and the North Carolina Outer Banks.

At this time, the National Hurricane Center keeps Jose just offshore and doesn't predict that the storm will make landfall in the US over the next 3 to 5 days. The storm slowly drifted north (blocked by a strong downstream ridge) and then scooted east at the last minute.

  • Leroy Wright