Powerful Jose missed the Leeward Islands this weekend but could still threaten
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Hurricane Jose could do a loop in the Atlantic Ocean in the coming days.
After Hurricane Irma devastated islands such as Barbuda, Saint Martin and Anguilla, islanders were braced for the arrival of its fellow Hurricane Jose.
NHC forecasters said: “Although Jose’s satellite appearance is somewhat degraded it has been able to maintain persistent deep convection over the centre.
“The steering pattern is expected to become rather dynamic, leading to a 5-day forecast that shows Jose making a small anticyclonic loop over the open waters of the western Atlantic.’”
The most recent tracking map shows that Hurricane Jose is turning around in the Atlantic amid fears that it could loop back towards the US East Coast.
There is still great uncertainty over where Hurricane Jose will go after completing the loop by this Friday.
While rare, looping hurricanes have happened before.
In 2004, Hurricane Jeanne appeared to veer off into the Atlantic only to loop back and strike Florida.
Hurricane Jose would be the third major hurricane to target the United States after Harvey and Irma.
Hurricane Irma, the strongest ever Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record, left a terrifying path of destruction behind it as it moved across the Caribbean and towards the United States, killing at least 22 and injuring hundreds more.
The latest NHC 5am update said Irma will “continue to bring life-threatening winds” to a large part of Florida.
They said: “Significant river flooding is likely over the next five days in the Florida peninsula and southern Georgia, where average rainfalls totals of 8 to 15 inches are expected.
“Wind hazards from Irma will continue to spread northward through Georgia and into portions of Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.”