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Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Parts of NJ, Long Island Ahead of Hurricane Jose

Storm Team 4 is closely monitoring Hurricane Jose

What to Know

  • Hurricane Jose, 355 miles from the Outer Banks, is generating swells that could produce life-threatening rip currents along the East Coast
  • Storm Team 4 is closely monitoring the system after a westward shift that has put Long Island in the so-called cone of uncertainty
  • The National Hurricane Center says people from North Carolina to New England should monitor the progress of the system

A tropical storm watch has been issued for parts of the Jersey Shore and Long Island ahead of Hurricane Jose, which is expected to stay out in the Atlantic but still deliver rough surf, wind and beach erosion to the tri-state. 

The watch was issued from Fenwick Island, Delaware, to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. It also extended from East Rockaway Inlet, New York, to Plymouth, Massachusetts. That includes Long Island Sound. 

A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. 

The coastal areas are expected to get the brunt of Jose's conditions when it passes by on Tuesday, Storm Team 4 said Sunday. 

The hurricane, now a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, is expected to cause rough surf, wind and beach erosion, according to Storm Team 4.

The region is already experiencing rough waters. Two people were rescued from the water off Bradley Beach on Sunday, the Coast Guard said. They were brought to the Coast Guard station in Avon-By-The-Sea but didn't need to be hospitalized. 

The Hamptons could see tropical storm force winds, meteorologist Erica Grow warned. 

In New York City, conditions will likely feel like a nor'easter but with warmer temperatures, she said. 

Officials were preparing along the coasts. In Seaside Heights, New Jersey, police plan to patrol the beaches during the week to see if the surf gets rough and warn swimmers to stay out of the water. 

In Connecticut, marina owners were making sure their boats were secure ahead of the storm. 

The projected path of the storm shifted slightly eastward on Saturday, which was good news for the tri-state area.

Storm Team 4 is closely monitoring the system.

The latest projections show the Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph moving north at 9 mph. 

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The National Hurricane Center says people from North Carolina to New England should monitor the progress of the system. At 11 a.m., it was around 355 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 

Although the center of Jose is currently forecast to pass well east of the North Carolina coast early next week, tropical-storm-force winds are expected to extend well west of the center and could approach the Outer Banks on Monday, the National Hurricane Center says. 

Swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and the southeast coast of the United States, and will spread northward along the mid-Atlantic coast during the next few days, which will likely cause dangerous if not life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, the National Hurricane Center says. 

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Storm Team 4 says the storm will likely weaken again as it moves into the cooler waters of the north Atlantic early next week, but it could be a tropical storm as it nears Long Island on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In a worst-case scenario, Jose could pelt the tri-state -- and Long Island in particular -- with conditions similar to a strong nor'easter. That means strong winds, beach erosion and periods of heavy rain would all be possible.

But if the storm moves out to sea as it moves north, Storm Team 4 says it could at the very least make for a breezy middle of the workweek with a few showers.

Meanwhile, Storm Team 4 says the region will see several days of warm, muggy weather courtesy of the remnants of Irma. The deadly storm that caused catastrophic damage as it spun through Florida and the southeast has lost the majority of its strength but is slowly creeping through the region, making for warm temperatures, high humidity, clouds and a spot shower here and there through most of the weekend.

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