Click here for a holiday treat, every day from PIX11

Hurricane Jose moves north, expected to impact tri-state area

Hurricane Jose has sped up its northward trek with no change in strength, but remains far from land as it generates powerful swells affecting coastal areas in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the U.S. southeast. 

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 a.m. Sunday update that tropical storm watches were possible for the U.S. East Coast over the next day or so and advised people from North Carolina to New England to monitor Jose’s progress. The center says dangerous surf and rip currents are expected along the East Coast of the United States.

The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). It was located about 420 miles (680 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and was heading north at 8 mph (13 kph).

Still, the proximity to land will likely bring strong gusting winds and rain to the Northeast, including New York City, by the middle of next week. In addition, tropical-storm-force winds could extend to North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Monday, the National Hurricane Center said