Jose Expected To Bring Rain, Rip Currents And More Rough Surf

Sep 18, 2017

Large swells are expected to continue in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts this week as Hurricane Jose makes its way to the East Coast. 

“The only definite thing that we know of will be a period of rain, some dangerous rip currents and some very rough surf particularly along the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” said Matthew Belk, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a high surf advisory through 8 p.m. Monday for all the South Coast beaches of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. That includes Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. 

The advisory warns of waves twice their average height.

Jose is currently a category one hurricane but is forecast to turn into a tropical storm by the time it reaches southern New England.

Belk said meteorologists are keeping an eye on how long Jose might linger in the region. 

“We’re starting to see indications now that unlike a typical New England cyclone where it comes in and it leaves very quickly, it looks like Jose is actually going to hang around just off to our southeast,” Belk said.

Looking at the current forecast, Belk predicted Jose could stick around until the end of the week.

“The issues that are still a little up for grabs are going to be how strong the winds get and how far away from the immediate South Coast that they make it,” Belk said.

Update 3 p.m. 

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the southern New England coast, including Washington County, Newport County and Southeastern Massachusetts.