Hurricane Jose, a Category 1 Hurricane centered off the coast of North Carolina is at least 350 miles SSW of Nantucket and is already bringing some of the leading rain bands into southern New England. Into Tuesday evening, winds will continue to increase along the southern and southeastern coast.
New England is no longer in the cone of uncertainty, and the storm itself is on track to weaken to a tropical storm as it approaches the cooler New England waters overnight, and will steer farther out to sea with the outer rain bands, and gusty winds impacting mainly the outer Cape and Islands.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for parts of the Cape and Islands, where gusts could reach 30 to 40 mph inland and 60 mph for Nantucket and the Outer Cape, where downed trees, power lines are possible with gusts that high. Coastal flooding along with beach erosion is another main impact with this storm through the next few days, as a High Surf Advisory has been issued for the entire coast of Maine, the New Hampshire seacoast, and the North Shore. Surf height is expected to reach 5 to 9 feet.
For areas farther inland, some scattered rain bands associated with the outer reaches of Jose are expected by mid-afternoon, but these will be spotty for southern New Hampshire, Maine, and parts of southern Vermont. The heaviest of rain will be contained closer to Cape Cod, southeast Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and southern Rhode Island. In fact, the heaviest of the rain and the highest winds are expected to slide in through the overnight tonight into tomorrow morning for those areas. Between 1 to 3 inches is possible, with localized heavier amounts.
As far as temperatures, high temperatures today only reach into the 60s for most of southeast New England. Far northern Vermont could stretch into the upper 70s, as they’ll see some breaks of sun. Parts of western Connecticut could also reach into the mid 70s as well.
Overnight tonight, temperatures remain in the 60s under mostly cloudy skies. It will be especially gusty and wet along the New England coast. Wednesday brings highs into 70s into northwestern New England.
Southeastern New England will continue to be bombarded with tropical downpours from Jose as he steers out to sea. Rain still likely to stick around the Cape and the Islands through at least Wednesday night.
Thankfully, the rest of the week and into the weekend looks quieter in terms of the weather pattern with highs into the 70s under partly sunny skies.
As always, stay tuned for the very latest on the track of Jose and as we keep an eye on Major Hurricane Maria bringing another devastating blow to the Caribbean. Maria is now approaching Puerto Rico and is likely to make landfall overnight tonight as a Category 4. Maria is expected to curve northwestward, closer to the Turks and Caicos, and then weaken to a Category 2 Hurricane by this weekend, running parallel to the Florida coast but remaining far enough away.