FIRST ALERT: 5 p.m. Update: Jose becomes Hurricane again, Lowcountry to experience higher risk of rip currents

FIRST ALERT: 5 p.m. Update: Jose becomes Hurricane again, Lowcountry to experience higher risk of rip currents
Source: Live 5

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Jose has become a Hurricane again in the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Jose is a Category 1 Hurricane.

The risk of rip currents will be elevated over the weekend because of Tropical Storm Jose, which remains well off the southeast coastline.

The Carolina coastline is under a moderate risk but swells generated by the powerful tropical storm are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coasts of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and the Southeast coast of the United States.

The National Weather Center is asking swimmers to use caution in the water due to stronger or more frequent rip currents that could be life-threatening.

The rip current risk is in effect for the beaches of south coastal South Carolina and north coastal Georgia. Charleston areas include the beaches of Cape Romain, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, Folly Beach, and Kiawah Island. Moderate risk in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening. Beaufort-Coastal Colleton-Coastal Jasper areas include the beaches of Hunting Island, Fripp Island, Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, and Edisto Beach.

That increased risk of rip currents will spread northward along the Mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. during the next few days.

5 p.m. Update

At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 27.1 North, longitude 70.3 West, about 640 miles southeast off of the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and 485 miles south west of Bermuda.

Jose is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph.

This general motion is expected Friday, follow by a turn to the north-northwest by late Saturday and toward the north on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 75 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast through Saturday, with weakening possibly beginning on late Sunday.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is currently en route to obtain a better wind speed estimate.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center.

A Tropical Storm Watch may be needed for a portion of the coast of North Carolina on Saturday.

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