Meteorologist Calms Fears of Jose's "Loop"

Caicos after Irma

Calling it an "odd forecast track", the National Hurricane Center said that Jose should make a small clockwise loop over the open waters of the Atlantic for the next three days.

Another model takes the storm through the Bahamas before hitting Florida.

As Hurricane Irma dissipates into a tropical depression, forecasters are keeping an eye on yet another storm: Hurricane Jose. The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday called it "a rather amorphous blob", situated in the Atlantic on Tuesday about 650 miles north of Puerto Rico, and its forecast path is somewhere between weird and counterintuitive.

It's forecast to spin in a slow circle in the Atlantic Ocean for the next few days, before possibly turning back toward the United States.

Hurricane Jose was 700 miles east of Florida at midday Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, making it a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

Jose's current motion would eventually allow the storm to curve out to sea in a solution most models were showing just a few days ago.

Caicos before Irma
Caicos before Irma

The latest European model shows Jose circling around the west Atlantic for much of the upcoming week.

But models can have trouble forecasting unusual tracks such as Jose's expected path.

Jose already has threatened other hurricane-weary countries.

"Remnants of tropical storms can bring more unsettled conditions into north-west Europe, taking on the characteristics of an Atlantic storm". "Later this week and over the weekend, the hurricane is expected to move northwestward toward the east coast of the United States".

The full hurricane season lasts until November 30, although the peak season generally stretches from about mid-August to mid-October.

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