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Weakened Hurricane Jose could become tropical storm today

ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane Jose weakened overnight and could become a tropical storm later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Jose’s maximum sustained winds are 75 mph, which barely register it as a hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. A Category 1 hurricane packs winds between 74 mph and 95 mph, as gauged by the scale.

Jose is 450 miles north-northeast from Grand Turk Island and 645 miles north-northwest from San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the 11 a.m. advisory from the hurricane center.

Jose has turned east and is moving at about 5 mph. It still is expected to loop, with a southeastern and southern turn expected through Wednesday, according to the advisory.

After Jose is predicted to become a tropical storm, the hurricane center’s cone of probability forecasts it will regain hurricane strength Thursday and loop away from the United States by early Sunday morning. It is expected to remain well to the east-northeast of the Bahamas through Wednesday, the hurricane center predicted.

Meanwhile, as Central Floridians continue to clean up after Hurricane Irma plowed through the region Sunday night and Monday morning, the storm – now a tropical depression – is expected to move through Alabama and into Tennessee on Tuesday.


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