Meteorologist: New Hampshire likely won’t see severe weather

NASHUA – Tropical Storm Jose has the potential to impact the Northeast next week, New Hampshire weather officials said Friday.

What was once Hurricane Jose, at one point clocking in at a Category 4, is now categorized as a tropical storm, but officials said the weather system would regain strength, becoming a hurricane again in the coming days.

As of right now, the National Hurricane Center has sections of the East Coast in its “cone of uncertainty,” from New Jersey up through most of New England.

Where the storm will impact the most and the severity of it remains unclear at this time, officials said, but as the storm’s path is tracked this weekend, a better picture will emerge.

“Right now, as of 11 a.m. on Friday, Jose was 360 miles northeast of the Bahamas,” said Chris Wasserback, a meteorologist at Commanders’ Weather in Nashua.

He said the storm currently is about 975 miles south of Nashua.

“At this point, it’s a tropical storm, and it could strengthen. It will become a hurricane again either overnight or at least by Saturday morning,” Wasserback said.

He said Jose is going to move north and west, coming close to North Carolina sometime Monday. He added that, by Tuesday afternoon or evening, it will be southeast of Nantucket, Mass.

“As far as impacts to New Hampshire go, at this point, I would say there’s a period with maybe some gusty winds, but nothing all that strong. As far as wind speeds go, they’ll probably be 30 miles per hour max at this point,” Wesserback said. The meteorologist also said there may be squally showers on Tuesday.

However, if the storm tracks westward, Nashua could experience more significant weather patterns.

“Most of the activity stays southeast, but that could change. We could get heavy rain squalls, but the greatest impact is southeast of here,” Wesserback said.

He said anyone down in coastal areas like Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket will see a greater impact.

Jose could become a Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane at most.

“Worst-case is tropical storm conditions for coastal areas. Tropical systems have kept us in a more summer-like pattern with no signs of fall through next week,” Wesserback said.

The storm formed Sept. 5 in the open Atlantic, and is the 10th hurricane of the season. Other major hurricanes this year include Harvey, which impacted Texas and Irma, which devastated parts of Florida.

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