Jose downgraded to tropical storm, heavy rain bands start hitting southeast Massachusetts

Jose is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to portions of southern New England Wednesday evening.

Currently Jose is positioned around 145 miles south southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. As of Wednesday, the storm is moving northeast at 8 mph with wind speeds around 70 mph.

NHC reports that Jose will continue this path and speed throughout the night. It is expected to start a slow westward motion by Thursday evening.

The center of Jose is projected to meander off the coast of southern New England during the next few days.

A tropical storm warning was issued for Woods Hole to Sagamore Beach, including Cape Cod to Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

The potential for rainfall totals to near that of flash flooding levels is possible for Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket.

Currently Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod are expected to receive around 1 to 2 inches. Nantucket is expected to receive around 2 to 4 inches of rainfall.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for a portion of southeastern Massachusetts, including Barnstable and Nantucket counties until Wednesday night.

The National Hurricane Center said Jose is expected to continue moving toward the northeast, with the center passing offshore of southeastern Massachusetts by Thursday.

According to NHC, there could be dangerous surfing conditions and rip current for the next couple of days.

Wind, rain and high tides:

Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are forecast for the Cape and Islands, and gusts of 30 to 45 mph are forecast elsewhere in eastern and southeastern Massachusetts.

Scattered power outages and tree damage are likely over the Cape and Islands and may extend to the northeast, east and southeast portions of the state.

“As the wind increases and the wave action increases, every successive high tide becomes concerning,” Leonard said.

While the rest of eastern Massachusetts isn’t under a tropical storm advisory, the area is under a wind advisory until 6 p.m., with winds potentially being as high as 40 mph in the Boston area.

The high tides that are most concerning are at 11:58 a.m. Wednesday and 12:18 a.m. Thursday.

Severe beach erosion is expected along parts of south and east facing beaches on the Cape and Islands and in eastern Massachusetts. If Jose continues to linger offshore of New England, the threat of beach erosion will be prolonged.

A storm surge of 1 feet to 2 feet is expected to cause minor coastal flooding and pockets of moderate flooding is…

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