Dangerous surf, beach erosion and gusty winds to continue as Jose lingers off Northeast coast

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
September 21, 2017, 11:01:10 AM EDT

Jose will bring coastal flooding, beach erosion, gusty winds and rain to the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts much of this week.

Jose, currently a tropical storm, was about 150 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts and 185 miles south of Hyannis, Massachusetts as of Wednesday afternoon.

Jose track map static 9/21 4am

Jose is likely to slowly weaken over the next several days and could become a sub-tropical or non-tropical system.

Regardless, Jose’s meandering track will bring the most significant impacts to the beaches of the Northeast, while the heaviest rain and strongest winds are limited to southeastern New England.

“A storm does not need to make landfall to cause significant adverse effects in the Northeast, since the shape of the coast tends to enhance storm effects and trap ocean water,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

"The slow-moving, lingering and spread-out nature of Jose will lead to prolonged impact on beach communities and offshore interests," Sosnowski said.

Areas from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Maine can expect rough surf to continue to pound the coast as Jose churns waters offshore. Extensive beach erosion is likely.

Static Jose Coastal Concerns

Intense rip currents and large waves will endanger anyone who ventures into the water.

The winds around Jose will push a large amount of water toward the mid-Atlantic and New England coast, leading to flooding at times of high tide.

Route 12 was closed during the midday hours on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2007, due to coastal flooding, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. A fishing pier at Belmar, New Jersey, that was replaced following Sandy was damaged on Tuesday. Waves crashed over the sea wall in North Wildwood, New Jersey.

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Areas along the western end of Long Island Sound may be vulnerable to coastal flooding in this situation as well.

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Gusty winds will continue along the immediate mid-Atlantic coast and in southern and eastern New England through Thursday.

The heaviest rain is likely to fall on southeastern New England and eastern Long Island into Thursday. However, some rain will reach New York City and Portland, Maine with spotty showers as far west as Philadelphia and Norfolk, Virginia.

Winds gusting between 40-60 mph could lead to a few sporadic power outages and minor tree damage across far eastern Long Island and southeastern New England. The strongest gusts are likely to be on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

Heavy seas will linger offshore through this week. Offshore swells will average 10-20 feet, but can be locally higher.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Lee and Maria joined Jose in the basin on Saturday.

Those along the United States Gulf and East coasts should closely monitor the progress of Maria for any possible impacts during the last week of September.

The tropical Atlantic is likely to remain active through much of October and into nearly the end of autumn.

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