Eastern Long Island remains under a tropical storm watch as the large, slow-moving tropical cyclone Jose churns in the Atlantic off the coast of Delaware today on a north-northeast track.
The storm will bring strong winds and rain to the East End and tropical storm conditions are possible, according to the National Weather Service.
Estimated rainfall totals in this area have been adjusted downward as Jose tracks to the northeast. Jose is now expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over eastern Long Island, southeast Connecticut, southern Rhode Island, and southeast Massachusetts.
Northeast winds of 25 to 30 mph today will increase to 25 to 35 mph tonight, with gusts up to 45 mph. High winds will continue into tomorrow morning at 30 to 35 mph, diminishing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph, decreasing to 40 mph in the afternoon.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Watch Hill, Rhode Island to Hull, Massachusetts, including Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Three to five inches of rain are expected for Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for eastern Long Island Sound, with seas of six to eight feet.
“Jose continues to move erratically northward, with the center wobbling due to the convective bursts,” according to the forecast. “The hurricane should turn toward the northeast and east over the next two days as it moves around a ridge over the western Atlantic.”