Jose weakens to tropical storm, continues westward across Atlantic

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Jose is slowly moving west across the Atlantic, but forecast models now appear to keep the storm offshore. The storm weakened to a tropical storm Thursday.

The US National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning that Jose had changed little in terms of strength. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, moving west at 3 mph.

Jose was 510 miles south-southwest of Bermuda, and was expected to turn northwest Thursday with an increase in forward speed. Hurricane Guide | Interactive Hurricane Tracker

Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler reported Thursday morning that models took Jose offshore and away from the Hampton Roads region.

The region could still see some winds as Jose passes — and some possible title flooding.

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At one point, Jose was one of three hurricanes that formed in the Atlantic. Jose had strengthened to a dangerous Category 4 hurricane before weakening out over the Atlantic.

The strongest of the hurricanes, Irma, wrecked havoc over several Caribbean islands as well as the state of Florida, leaving millions in the dark and resulting in dozens of deaths.

Stay with for updates on Jose’s forecast.

Credit: National Hurricane Center/NOAA