‘…moving slowly eastward…’
Hurricane Jose has weakened to a Category 1 storm, but its ultimate path and strength are uncertain as it lingers over the Atlantic Ocean.
Jose, which followed on the heels of Hurricane Irma, passed north of the Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on Sunday.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is currently “moving slowly eastward with little change in strength,” and “will remain well to the east-northeast of the Bahamas through Wednesday.”
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km),” the NHC said.
Americans await Jose’s future as the recovery from Irma is getting underway.
Irma, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history left a path of extensive destruction, but expertsnoted it could have been far worse.
Still, Irma has taken the lives of at least 12 people in the U.S. including seven in Florida, three in Georgia and two in South Carolina, according to ABC News.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday that 25 percent of the homes in the Keys were destroyed.
“Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long said.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, 15 million Floridians remained without power on Tuesday.
(H/T Western Journalism)