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Hurricane Jose Upgraded To Category 2, Expected To Become “Major Hurricane” On Friday


At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the center of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 15.2 North, longitude 51.4 West. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km/h). The hurricane is expected to continue on this heading with a slight decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Jose is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 100 miles (160 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 978 mb (28.88 inches).