Hurricane Jose now Category 3; Antigua & Barbuda under hurricane watch

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 14:15

Hurricane Jose has strengthened into a Category 3 storm as it follows in the path of Hurricane Irma.

The island of Barbuda which was declared uninhabitable after Hurricane Irma, is now under a Hurricane Watch together with its twin-island Antigua.

The National Hurricane Centre in Miami gave the following update at 5 pm today.

"A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* Antigua and Barbuda

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

* Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts, and Nevis
* Saba and St. Eustatius

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

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

Tropical storm conditions are also possible in St. Martin and Sint Maarten beginning on Saturday.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.

At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 15.5 North, longitude 52.4 West. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km/h). The hurricane is expected to continue on this heading with a slight decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts.  Jose is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some additional strengthening is possible
during the next 24 to 36 hours. 

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 estimated minimum central pressure is 966 mb (28.53 inches). 

WIND: Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area on Saturday, and tropical storm conditions are possible within the hurricane watch and tropical storm watch areas by Saturday

RAINFALL: Jose is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 6 inches in the Leeward Islands from Dominica to Anguilla. 

Isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible in the northern Leeward Islands from Antigua and Barbuda to Anguilla. This rainfall will maintain any ongoing flooding and may cause additional
life-threatening flooding.

SURF:  Swells generated by Jose are likely to affect portions of the Leeward Islands by Saturday.  These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult
products from your local weather office.