Coastal residents prepare for flooding, erosion as Hurricane Jose takes aim

Alicia Farmer
September 19, 2017

Jose is whipping up risky surf and rip currents as it heads north over the Atlantic off the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard.

"Coastal flooding will pose a risk to both life and property for the high tide cycles Tuesday night". "We are expecting some minor, possibly some moderate coastal flooding in some of the more vulnerable shoreline locations, like Jamaica Bay or back bay areas". North winds 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

"These impacts are due to a passing blow, not a direct hit", Mr. Morrin explained, later adding that the expected conditions will be similar to what is experienced during a nor'easter. In addition, large waves are expected to cause severe beach erosion to our coast and a small storm surge is expected at the time of high tide tonight.

Brisk breezes will linger into the evening hours and clouds linger through some of the night, but our Tuesday night looks mostly dry, as does the forecast for the rest of the week as Jose pulls farther away from the area. While there is a potential for the East Coast of the United States to see some sort of impact from Maria, the possibility of a recurve out to sea is also on the table as well. It won't rain all the time, but showers and even downpours are possible at least into early Wednesday.

"Heavy rain is possible Tuesday afternoon and evening and could result in freshwater flooding, mainly for coastal New Jersey". However, contrary to some media reports, I doubt Jose will make a second run at the U.S. East coast. Here's a spaghetti model of the storm from several days ago... For now, just keep in mind that we may very well see elevated winds and surf beyond just Tuesday.

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Lee fell apart overnight and is no longer a named storm.

On the other hand, the active tropical season continues with Saturday's formation of Tropical Storm Maria. That's about 265 miles (425 km) east-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Forecast models generally agree on a track that takes Maria near Guadalupe and the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles today and near Puerto Rico tomorrow as a major hurricane.

Unless something changes dramatically, my next weather blog update is scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Normally, when a hurricane or tropical storm gets this far north they get caught up in the westerlies and get dragged out to the middle of the Atlantic.

Dan Zarrow is Chief Meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey.

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