Red flags up in Nags Head as Jose continues to weaken

MIAMI (AP) — Jose has weakened to a tropical storm, but forecasters expect dangerous surf and rip currents will continue along the East Coast of the U.S. for several days.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Jose’s top winds have decreased to about 65 mph Wednesday morning, and it’s expected to weaken more over the next two days.

Tidal flooding was a problem in Hampton Roads Tuesday as Jose was passing well offshore. Red flags were placed in Nags Head Wednesday morning, warning residents and visitors of dangerous surf.

Viewer videos showed flooding on streets of Norfolk and overwash in Avon, North Carolina. The vulnerable NC-12 was again subject of overwash Monday and Tuesday, leading to some closures up and down the Outer Banks.

There were no extended closures, and NCDOT said most of the roads remained passable.

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The storm is 165 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and is forecast to pass well east of New Jersey’s coast Wednesday.