Written by on September 8, 2017

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 16.3 North, longitude 57.1 West. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km/h). A gradual turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours.

On the forecast track, the center of Jose will pass near or east of the north-eastern Leeward Islands on Saturday.  Recent data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts.

Jose is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible for the next day or so, and gradual weakening is expected after that.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km).

The minimum central pressure indicated by data from the aircraft is 942 mb (27.82 inches).

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