Hurricane Jose was expected to strengthen over the weekend, bringing potentially dangerous surf and rip tide conditions from North Carolina to New England by early next week, the National Weather Service said Friday afternoon.
The center of the storm, which had sustained winds of 75 per hour on Friday, was forecast to remain well east of the U.S. coast, although tropical storm-force winds could approach the Outer Banks on Monday, the weather service said. The chance of direct impacts father north was increasing, but it is too soon to know the magnitude or location, forecasters said.
Luis Rosa, a forecaster with the weather service's Baltimore-Washington office, said Jose was expected to pass Ocean City early Tuesday afternoon, but its center would be more than 200 miles offshore. It likely would not produce more than winds in the 15- to 20-miles per hour range, he said.
"The main impact will be dangerous rip currents along most of the east coast," Rosa said.
The weather service advised residents and businesses along the coast to monitor the storm's progress over the next several days, and said it might issue a tropical storm watch for part of the North Carolina coast on Saturday.
The storm formed in the Atlantic on Sept. 5, becoming a hurricane the following day. It marked the first time since 2010 that the Atlantic had three active hurricanes at the same time — Irma, Jose and Katia.