Tropical Storm Jose, with winds around 70 miles an hour, is likely to develop into a hurricane by Saturday.
"We expect Jose to fluctuate between a minimal hurricane and tropical storm over the next several days", according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
The storm may add to an already devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, coming just after Hurricane Harvey inundated Texas and Hurricane Irma raked Florida's west coast, leaving dozens of people dead and upending energy and agriculture markets.
The coast will see some higher surf, unsafe rip currents and possiblly some rain Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Jose formed in the eastern Atlantic on September 5 and quickly organized into a fierce Category 4 hurricane by the time it made its closest approach to the Caribbean. Male names were assigned to storms in 1978, and in 1979 the co-ed database of names we now use to track Atlantic storms was officially adopted.
Jose's impact is sure to be felt along the Southeast coast, bringing rough seas. That storm has 35 mph winds and is located about 430 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. By early next week, Jose is forecast to be off the mid-Atlantic coast.
Jose will generally track northwestward on Friday, before turning north this weekend.
All interests along the U.S. East Coast from the Carolinas northward, as well as Atlantic Canada, should continue to monitor Jose well into next week for any forecast changes.
Tropical storm force wind could reach the U.S. East Coast as early as Monday.
"Life-threatening" Hurricane Jose is charging westward toward the United States. Last year, Hurricane Otto formed on November 20 and made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 2 storm.
While we are not now anticipating those being an issue to the Gulf of Mexico, it is important to remember we are still in the peak of hurricane season and that the season doesn't end until November 30.