Jose still in play, could impact East Coast next week

- With the remnants of Irma impacting the Philadelphia area and New Jersey shore Thursday, our attention this weekend and into next week will focus on Tropical Storm Jose.

On Friday, Jose re-strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane far off the coast of North Carolina with 75 mph winds.

For now, most models have Jose staying out to sea, while others have the storm moving further westward towards the east coast. The impact for North Carolina and New England remain uncertain.

The current Hurricane Center Track keeps Jose off the east coast well through Monday evening with the greatest impact likely coming in the form of stronger rip currents down the shore.

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A high rip current risk remains in effect until Tuesday evening from Sandy Hook to Cape May.

The National Weather Service says a surf height of 3 to 4 feet (1 meter) is expected to build to 4 to 5 feet (1.5 meters).

After Monday night, forecasting Jose’s path gets much trickier. The European Model, which pInline image OWAPstImg349838erformed well during Harvey and Irma,  is showing a track closer to the east coast.

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That track would bring the potential for rain and gusty winds, even without making landfall.

Meanwhile, the other models have Jose staying further offshore, and none of the spaghetti models show landfall at this point.

One way or another, expect a moderate to high risk of dangerous rip currents at the shore over the weekend through early next week. 

Below is a look at the forecast for the next several days: 

Saturday: High of 83, sun shower possible

Sunday: High of 83, mostly sunny

Monday: High of 80, mostly sunny

Tuesday: High of 78, partly sunny

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