GREENSBORO, NC -- Hurricane Jose is in no hurry to go anywhere. The storm will complete a full loop in the Atlantic in the coming days. After that, the storm is likely to remain at sea rather than heading toward the U.S.
As of early Wednesday, Jose continues to spin and is moving slowly east, several hundred miles south of Bermuda, and several hundred miles north of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is much weaker than it was, battling harsh winds, and cooler water. In fact, the storm is likely to continue to weaken in the days ahead.
Jose will actually be one of the rare hurricanes to take a looping path. It will be blocked from heading north, or east, or south, so the storm will do a clockwise loop over the next four days. After it completes that loop, it's likely to start on it's final path to the north.
While it may be uncomfortably close to the Carolinas at times, nearly all computer models indicate that the storm will stay well off the coast. The most likely path is for Jose to split the distance between the Outer Banks and Bermuda as it continues to the northeast. This is a common path for many tropical systems.
The remnants of Irma will actually help to steer the system this weekend, carving a path in the subtropical ridge that will make it easier for the storm to escape out to sea.
While the storm is likely to miss the North Carolina coast, it will send some large swells to the beaches, with an increased chance of rip currents in the week ahead. Swimmers should take extra care.