Well, the honeymoon is over since Jose seems to be barreling up the coastline. After successfully dodging severe weather, it’s our turn to feel a bit of Mother Nature’s wrath.
Thankfully, it won’t be on the same scale as Irma or Harvey.
Darien Times says a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect in parts of the state because of oncoming Hurricane Jose. However, when he hits the cooler Atlantic waters around our region, he’ll lose a tremendous amount of steam. Forecasters say he’ll close in on us by late tomorrow to early Wednesday.
As of now, he’s off the coasts of the Carolinas and moving about 9mph. But, he shouldn’t make any landfall, which reduces his chances of wrecking major havoc. Long Island and southern Fairfield County will feel the worst of him, though.
However, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties are all under a Tropical Storm Watch in preparation for Jose as well.
Basically, the watch sounds the alarm that we could see tropical storm force winds. Meaning, some areas in CT could get gusts up to 57mph. But, it’s way more likely we’ll have to deal with winds between 20 to 30mph.
We’ll start seeing early signs of Jose around this evening with increased chances of rain and winds. But, the big show happens tomorrow with winds gusting up to about 20mph. As for rain, we could see up to a half an inch along the shoreline. However, some models predict up to an inch.
On top of that, Jose could create powerful rip currents and cause some coastal flooding.
So, with that said, residents should secure their homes and belongings to make sure Jose doesn’t blow them away. Take down lightweight items like umbrellas and bird feeders, because the last thing you want is for them is to go flying.
If you want to read the latest updates on Jose, the NWS will frequently update their statements HERE.
Also, Jose might not be the last tropical storm/hurricane we get to deal with this year. Maria, who reached Category 3 status, will punish the same areas as Hurricane Irma. CNN says it is possible she could be trouble for us on the coastline.
But, we’ll have to see about that. You can watch Maria on the official storm tracker HERE.