Jose now an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4 hurricane

A satellite image of Hurricane Jose over the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 8, 2017. Credit: NOAA.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Hurricane Jose has strengthened into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.

Jose is currently located about 265 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

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The hurricane center said Jose had maximum sustained winds have increased to 155 mph, with higher gusts. Jose is nearly a Category 5 hurricane. Some fluctuations in intensity are expected over the next day or so, with gradual weakening expected after that time.

The center of Jose is expected to pass north of the Leeward Islands Saturday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

Jose became the Atlantic’s 10th named storm during the 2017 season. It formed as Hurricane Irma was surging forward, further to the west in the Atlantic, as a Category 5 storm.

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