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Tropical Storm Jose to impact coast with rip currents this weekend

Tropical Storm Jose is expected to become a hurricane again and begin to make a turn toward the north over the next day or so, bringing dangerous rip currents to the New Jersey and Long Island shores.

Even though Jose is hundreds of miles away, the National Weather Service says dangerous rip currents, high surf, and dune erosion can be expected all along the coast this weekend into early next week.

The storm was centered about 485 miles (575 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda on Friday and had weakened to a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph). The National Hurricane Center said it was expected to regain hurricane strength and pass well offshore of North Carolina early next week, though strong winds could approach the Outer Banks.

It was too soon to determine any other direct impacts from U.S., according to the hurricane center, which encouraged East Coast residents from North Carolina on up to monitor the storm’s progress.

The storm formed Sept. 5 in the open Atlantic, brushed northeast Caribbean islands as a Category 4 storm and did a loop the loop before tracking west again toward the U.S.

No boaters at the Brewer Deep River Marina in Connecticut have asked yet for their vessels to be taken out of the water ahead of Jose, office manager Delia Cabral said.

“Anybody who may be coming out for winter storage, they might think of doing that sooner than later,” she said. “We’ll probably know Monday what our plan will be.”

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