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Hurricane Jose slowly strengthens in Central Atlantic

Highly unlikely to impact the United States as we focus on Irma

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jose intensified into a Hurricane late in the day on Wednesday. The NHC found sustained wind speeds of 75mph as the storm moved to the west-northwest at 16mph.

The 16th tropical storm of the season formed Tuesday over the open Atlantic. And no one should be immediately concerned as Jose will remain a "fish storm" at sea.

As of the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, it was located about 1040 miles to the East of the Lesser Antilles. Jose has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph. The minimum central is 994 mph. Tropical storms force winds extend outward from the center of Jose 15 miles. 

Jose will move into slightly warmer waters and may intensify, before curving to the north aiming towards Bermuda by next week. According to the National Hurricane Center, "Jose should move toward the west or west-northwest for the next three to four days at a slightly faster rate of forward speed as it moves south of the deep-layer Azores-Bermuda high.  In about four to five days, Jose should turn toward the northwest and slow as it reaches the southwestern periphery of the high." 

The storm is currently in zone that is conducive for intensification due to the ample amount of mid-level moisture and relatively low vertical shear, however, the storms is expect to travel to west-northwest by the end of the week. As the storm moves further north intensification should remain flat.


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