HOLT, Fla., Sept. 5, 2017–The National Hurricane Center has upgraded the tropical wave in the central Atlantic Ocean as Tropical Storm Jose.
Like Hurricane Irma, Jose went from tropical wave to tropical storm, skipping the tropical depression designation.
As of 10 a.m. CDT, Tropical Storm Jose was moving west-northwest at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday, according to the NHC.
The center predicts Jose to move toward the west or west-northwest for the next-three-to-four days at a slightly faster rate as it moves south of the Atlantic high-pressure area currently influencing Hurricane Irma’s movement westward.
In about four-to-five days, Jose should turn toward the northwest and slow as it reaches the southwestern edge of the high-pressure area, according to the NHC.
Jose’s environment appears to be conducive for further development for the next three days.
However, by days four and five, the wind shear may increase in part due to the outflow from Hurricane Irma to its west.
With that in mind, the official intensity forecast shows steady intensification until day three, then remains flat through day five.