Jose is the 10th named tropical storm of the season and has so far reached maximum wind speeds of 40 mph (65 km/h) – just above the tropical storm threshold.
As tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 45 miles (72 km) out from the eye of the storm, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Jose could turn into a category 2 hurricane by Friday.
Will Hurricane Jose be the next Hurricane Irma?
Even if Jose reaches hurricane level winds by the end of the week, it will still not be as strong as Hurricane Irma.
The NHC however underlined that at this stage its long-range predictions are full of “large uncertainties”.
On the forecast track, Jose is expected to reach maximum wind speeds of up to 103 mph(165 km/h) with stronger individual gusts.
Conditions are expected to deteriorate over the next 48 hours as the tropical storm picks up in speed.
Hurricane Jose: The tropical storm will likely intensify into a hurricane by Friday
Hurricane Jose: Jose will most likely slow down by the weekend
By days four and five, however, the vertical shear may increase in part due to the outflow from Hurricane Irma to its west
No tropical storm watches or warnings have been issued yet, but the NHC has warned the Leeward Islands to monitor the situation.
The latest NHC predictions pit the tropical storm on a path dangerously close to that of Hurricane Irma, though there is no immediate danger to land.
The hurricane will slowdown by the weekend before it shifts course towards the northwest, away from the Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane Irma is meanwhile forecast to slam into the Leeward Islands later today before making its way towards Cuba and Florida.
Forecasters are warning that the hurricane could be “potentially catastrophic” as it passes over the several Caribbean region.