Hurricane Jose is on its way toward NYC—early this morning, the National Weather Service noted the Category 1 hurricane was approximately 360 miles south-southeast of the city and predicted Jose would make its way southeast of the area late tonight into Wednesday. The good news is, the storm is expected to stay offshore, but we'll still likely see showers, heavy wind gusts, rip currents, and potential flooding along the coastlines.
NYC Emergency Management is urging New Yorkers to prepare the effects of Jose, and has issued a Rip Current Statement for Brooklyn and southern Queens through 8 p.m. Tuesday and a High Surf Advisory for Brooklyn and southern Queens through 6 p.m. Wednesday.
"We are closely monitoring Hurricane Jose and the potential impacts it may have to New York City," NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said in a statement. "If you live in vulnerable coastal neighborhoods, take steps to protect your property. Prepare your Go Bags, charge your cell phone batteries, and don’t forget to check in on relatives, friends, and neighbors."
Areas at risk likely include Broad Channel, the Rockaways, Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach in Queens; Great Kills, Oakwood Beach, New Dorp, and Prince's Bay in Staten Island; and Gerritsen Beach and Canarsie in Brooklyn. Long Island is also expected to experience high tides and coastal flooding—things are already looking a little rough in Fire Island, where the beach is completely flooded here:
Governor Cuomo will address the storm at 11 a.m. today; you can livestream it here.
Of course, while Hurricane Jose looks wet and unpleasant, it's nothing compared to Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean, which is now a Category 5 storm and headed for Puerto Rico. Experts say Maria could dump 18 to 25 inches of rain on Puerto Rico, which is still reeling from damage from Hurricane Irma. "You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you're going to die," Hector Pesquera, Puerto Rico's public safety commissioner, told residents. "I don't know how to make this any clearer."
— Bill Karins (@BillKarins) September 19, 2017
Maria hit the tiny island of Dominica late last night, leaving behind "widespread devastation," according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. "So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace," he wrote on Facebook. "My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains."