PHILIPSBURG There is light at the end of the tunnel for St. Maarten/St. Martin and other islands in the north-eastern Caribbean ravaged by monster Hurricane Irma. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, has reported that the core of dangerous Hurricane Jose will move away from the islands tonight.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Maarten/St. Martin and St. Barths.
At 5:00pm, the centre of Jose was located near latitude 19.2 North, longitude 62.4 West. Jose is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts. Jose is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in intensity is expected overnight, but gradual weakening should begin on Sunday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 945 mb (27.91 inches).
The government of Antigua has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for Barbuda and Anguilla.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/69256-jose-to-move-away-from-islands-tonight