January 21, 2018
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9-foot waves forecast as Hurricane Jose nears New England

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
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Waves as tall as 9 feet are expected along the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire on Wednesday as Hurricane Jose veers northeast, away from making landfall.

Advisories for high surf and small watercraft have been issued for for the entire coasts of both states.

In Acadia National Park, where high surf kicked up by Hurricane Bill swept a 7-year-old girl to her death in 2009, officials placed signs warning visitors about the dangers posed by Jose. Large swells were predicted to reach the coast Tuesday and continue through Wednesday and minor coastal flooding could occur at low-lying areas in conjunction with tides higher than normal, park officials advised.

High tide Tuesday and Wednesday was expected to occur along the Maine coast around midday — roughly between 10:30 and noon, depending on the location — and again from around 11 p.m. until midnight or so, according to MaineHarbors.com.

Jose was expected to turn northeast Tuesday and to stay well offshore as it approaches Maine, but coastal New England residents should remain on alert for dangerous surf and rip currents for several days.

Jose, a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 75 mph, was roughly 250 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia, Tuesday morning. It is expected to weaken Wednesday, passing well to the east of New Jersey, and to pass offshore of southeastern Massachusetts by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. A tropical storm warning remained in effect Tuesday for southeastern Massachusetts and southern Rhode Island.

Further south, Hurricane Maria regained intensity Tuesday morning to become a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph. That storm is traveling northwest and is expected to turn north as it nears the Bahamas this weekend.

On Tuesday morning , Maria was just west of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean and was on track to pass over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late Tuesday and Wednesday.

 


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