PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Jose has become a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Additional strengthening is forecast, and Jose could be near major hurricane strength on Friday. Jose is currently located about 1,040 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.
As of Wednesday evening, the hurricane center said Jose had maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph, with higher gusts, and was moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph. This general motion is expected to continue for the next few days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect from Jose.
Jose became the Atlantic’s 10th named storm during the 2017 season.
Jose has formed as Hurricane Irma is surging forward, further to the west in the Atlantic, as a Category 5 storm.