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Hurricane Jose Turning Away From Puerto Rico and USVI

Puerto Rico (The United States of America)
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Washington October 21, 1999 -- The latest Hurricane Jose forecast from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows the storm tracking farther away from the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico (PR) this morning.

Once it passes the islands, NHC forecasters expect Jose to turn to the north-northeast and move out into the open water of the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm's position at 5 a.m. was 30 miles east-northeast of St. Thomas, USVI. It is moving to the west-northwest at 14 mph.

Jose weakened overnight and currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, down from 100 mph yesterday. The hurricane warning for the USVI and Puerto Rico (PR) has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning.

Hurricane force winds extend out 35 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds 140 miles. The storm's impact may yet be felt in the US territories. However, NHC forecasters now think the effects will be much less than they expected earlier this week. Wind speeds of 50 mph have been reported this morning in St. Thomas. Wind speeds of 20-25 mph are being reported on the East Coast of PR.

Heavy rain of five to 10 inches is possible anywhere in the storm's path. Also, higher than normal waves are expected.