Jose to bring Tropical Storm conditions to LI, NJ, CT

- A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Long Island, coastal Connecticut, and coastal New Jersey as a result of Hurricane Jose as it approaches the U.S. Northeast.

A High Surf Advisory is in effect with a high risk of rip currents through Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm is expected to remain offshore, although coastal flooding is possible from Delaware to southern New England over the next few days.

As of Monday morning, the center says little change in strength is expected in the next 24 hours, although the storm will slowly weaken afterward. Maximum sustained winds Monday are near 75 mph (120 kph) with higher gusts.

Jose is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches over eastern Long Island and southeast Connecticut through Wednesday.

In New Jersey, warnings are up for rough surf, powerful winds and even a chance for storm surge by midweek.

Tropical storm conditions are possible Tuesday.

Forecasters say wind gusts of up to 45 mph (72 kph) are possible, winds capable of downing trees and power lines.

The potential exists for a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet (1 meter) through early Wednesday afternoon. That could pose flooding along the coast and generate moderate beach erosion.%INLINE%

With the Associated Press

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