Hurricane Jose was finally downgraded to a Tropical Storm overnight…ending its 12 day run as a hurricane in the Atlantic.
The storm is crawling northeastward south of Nantucket and is in no hurry to get out of the region. In fact, all indications are that Jose will stall southeast of the region tonight and Thursday and continue to spin in place through the end of the week and perhaps into the start of the weekend. Consequently, we’ll be dealing with overcast skies, strong gusty northeast winds, cool temperatures and intermittent rain and drizzle for the next few days.
Expect winds to gradually increase through the day today…averaging 15 to 25 mph this morning and 20 to 30 mph this afternoon, with higher gusts developing. As Jose makes its closest pass to the region tonight and its wind field continues to expand, stronger winds will take hold overnight tonight and continue straight through the day on Thursday (with strong gusty winds lingering into Thursday night and Friday).
It is during the day on Thursday that northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph sustained will combine with gusts in excess of 45 mph…and locally topping out over 50 mph…to produce the worst of Jose’s impacts locally. Beach erosion and coastal flooding along east and north-facing shores will be a concern over multiple high tide cycles. Likewise, we can expect some isolated to scattered brief power disruptions beginning later today and continuing to pop up and impact the area in spots right through Thursday night.