But Hurricane Jose is in the Atlantic near the same spot Irma was when computer models were pointing it directly at the SC coast, leading many to worry about whether another tropical punch is coming. The National Hurricane Center thinks Jose will still be hurricane by Friday, however.
On Tuesday, the hurricane had weakened as it turned eastward. It lost a lot of its punch from earlier Tuesday and was as high as a Category 4 storm with winds around 155 miles per hour.
"By days 4 and 5, Jose should track toward the west-northwest with a bit faster forward motion as the aforementioned mid-level high strengthens to the northeast of Jose".
"This evolution will cause Jose to make a slow clockwise loop during the next 3 days and then turn northward and northwestward once it moves around the western side of the ridge", forecasters wrote this morning.
Jose is 450 miles north-northeast from Grand Turk Island and 645 miles north-northwest from San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the 11 a.m. advisory from the hurricane center. "It will push the storm away from us". The storm is now moving in a northeastward direction. The furthermore path of Jose at present is uncertain and it is still being monitored whether Hurricane Jose will pose any major threat to the East Coast of the United States.
Even the GFS, which initially showed Irma headed towards a SC landfall, agrees with the European model about Jose, she said.
For the European weather model, a recurvature out to sea or a landfall in New England or Canada were the preferred solutions.
"It has the potential to completely miss the east coast", she said. A few other models put the storm on a more northward track closer to a North Carolina, Virginia or Maryland landfall late next week.
Nash County dodged a bullet this week when Hurricane Irma took a more westerly path, but don't start eating all of your emergency food supply just yet.
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The prime minister will also meet with members of the Senate Committee on foreign relations later Tuesday afternoon. The White House said it would not comment on the US Department of Justice investigation.