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Hurricane Jose may threaten the Bahamas and Bermuda


On the 13th of September, 10:35 AM AST/EDT, Hurricane Jose was analyzed by the Global Precipitation Measurement mission(GPM), with the help of its core observatory satellite.

The study has determined that the hurricane still contains several tall, powerful thunderstorms, regardless of the fact that it is constantly hit by wind shear as it travels between Bermuda and the Bahamas. According to GPM measurements, the downpours within the observed storms were measured to be falling at a rate of over 8.9 inches per hour.

GPM’s radar was used in order to create a 3D cross-section of the precipitation within the hurricane, and the model showed that several powerful convective storms were reaching altitudes of over 10.85 miles. The Global Precipitation Measurement mission is a joint project between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

NASA’s Aqua satellite also captured a visible image of Hurricane Jose at 1.50 P.M. EDT, using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, in which the fact that the storm was being affected by vertical wind shear was clear.

On September 14, at 5 A.M. AST/EDT, the National Hurricane Center(NHC) stated that the center of Hurricane Jose was at approximately 445 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas, and about 510 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. It has also been estimated that the minimum central pressure is 986 millibars. The hurricane was moving with a speed of 3 mph, towards the west, however, the National Hurricane Center stated that Jose may weaken to a tropical storm by Friday.

The NHC warned that Bermuda, the Bahamas, as well as the northern coast of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the Southeast coast of the US may be affected by swells generated by the hurricane. The organization has also announced that these will spread northward along the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States in the following days.

Luckily, the National Hurricane Center’s predictions say that Jose will not approach land and that it will remain over the Atlantic Ocean.

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