Another hurricane is moving in the direction of the mainland U.S. as the remnants of Hurricane Irma continue to sweep through the Southeast.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center on Monday shows Hurricane Jose, a Category 2 storm, making a clockwise loop in the Atlantic before heading northwest in the direction of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. By late Friday or early Saturday the center of the storm might skirt by the Bahamas.
Though boasting 100 miles-per-hour sustained wind speeds, forecasters expect wind shear, or the change in wind speed and direction with height, to weaken the storm over the next couple of days, other factors will help it retain hurricane strength. "The storm will remain over warm water for the next several days, and this should allow it to maintain a robust circulation," said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.
The long-term future track of the storm is uncertain, but forecasters say the entire East Coast should be on alert. Even the Mid-Atlantic and New England.
While the storm may eventually make a turn back out into the Atlantic Ocean, rip current conditions are expected to impact the east coast.
As Jose poses a sudden threat the U.S., Irma, now a tropical storm, is weakening as it moves over southwestern George and heads towards Alabama. The storm is expected to drop to a tropical depression by Tuesday.
But both the Caribbean and Florida are both reeling after the once tremendous and powerful hurricane roared through the region last week and into the weekend.
Irma, which had been a record-breaking Category 5 storm, has been tied to dozens of deaths in the Caribbean and at least eight in the U.S. It made landfall as a "major" Category 4 hurricane over the Florida Keys early Sunday, bringing with it "life-threatening" storm surge, tornadoes, double-digit rainfall totals (in inches) in some parts and powerful gusts of winds.
Updated history of Hurricanes #Irma & #Jose: 1 Sept. - 11 Sept. 2017. This is a bit slower of an animation that uses 15-min. #GOES16 data. pic.twitter.com/hkGpKgUoEP— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) September 11, 2017
Nearly 7 million people in Florida had been asked by officials to evacuate ahead of Irma's landfall; and there are shelters set up for residents set up throughout the state. The largest evacuation in U.S. history prior to this, according to PBS, was in Texas in 2005 when officials tried to clear people out before Hurricane Rita struck. Then, 3.7 million people left the Houston region. Millions of people also lost power throughout areas of the southeast coast due to Irma.
The combined cost of the damage wrought by Irma and Hurricane Harvey, which battered Texas last month, could cost the U.S. economy up to $290 billion, according to an estimate shared by AccuWeather President Joel Myers on Sunday.