Sept. 9 (UPI) — Like Irma in front of it, Hurricane Jose will begin its turn to the north Saturday evening, forecasters said.
In its 5 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was located about 85 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands — the easternmost in the chain of Caribbean Sea islands — with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. It’s moving northwest at a speed of 14 mph.
Forecasters said Jose had slightly weakened overnight, but said it remains a “dangerous” Category 4 hurricane. It is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane — which are classified Category 3 or higher.
“On the forecast track, the core of Jose will continue to pass north of the northern Leeward Islands through this evening.,” the advisory said.
Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Sint Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
Forecasters project the storm will slowly weaken over the next few days. It is not expected to impact land.