Hurricane Jose – A Potential Threat to Canadian Coasts?

Hurricane Irma brought widespread destruction in Florida, with Florida Keys being the worst affected area. The Category 4 monster storm caused flooded streets, power cuts, and tornadoes that led to a number of vehicle accidents and several people losing their lives.

Now that Hurricane Irma is subsiding in intensity as it moves up the U.S., people have their eyes set on the next big disaster looming on their heads. Hurricane Jose currently sits on the northern side of the Caribbean Islands and it might just be heading towards the Canadian coasts.

Hurricane Jose, which started off as Category 4 hurricane, has lessened to Category 2 as of the latest update on September, 11 by the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Experts initially labelled Jose as a “messy looking hurricane”, but now they are predicting the hurricane to lose intensity further.

Meteorologist Ross Hull from the Global News says that Hurricane Jose is expected to mellow down to a Category 1 hurricane in the coming few days.

It is currently spinning away in the Atlantic Ocean at a safe distance from the land masses. While it’s going around in circles for the time being, Hurricane Jose is later expected to make its way up towards the nearby coast to make a landfall.

This places the entire eastern side of North America at risk, with Jose capable of making its landfall anywhere between South Carolina, U.S. and Newfoundland, Canada.
However, whether the hurricane hits the Canadian shores or not will depend on the timing of the frontal boundary and the strength of the high pressure ridge, Hull explained.

“There is a still a lot of computer model uncertainty on Jose’s next move but it still is a storm to watch for the U.S. and Canada,” said Ross Hull.

Parts of Canada most likely to experience the effects of Hurricane Jose in the coming week include Atlantic Canada, Ontario, and Quebec.

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Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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