Still, he added, people should keep an eye on the forecasts.
“Although the center of Jose is forecast to pass well east of the North Carolina coast early next week, tropical-storm-force winds are expected to extend well west of the center and could approach the North Carolina Outer Banks on Monday,” he said. “Farther north along the U.S. East Coast, the chance of some direct impacts from Jose is increasing, but it is too soon to determine their exact magnitude and location.”
The places where the storm could hit land directly include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City and Rhode Island. But there is also a good chance that Jose will never make landfall at all.
People on the East Coast are still being advised to watch out for more powerful waves and currents. The same goes for residents of Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
“Starting this weekend and then into next week, the beach conditions will be getting worse,” Melissa Di Spigna, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said in a phone interview on Friday. “The surf conditions could start getting rough and we could have more risk with rip currents.”
As of Friday evening, Hurricane Jose was hundreds of miles east of Florida. It was heading northwest at about 10 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds near 75 m.p.h. It is expected to get stronger through Saturday, though it could weaken again beginning late Sunday.
For the past few days, Jose has been on a loop. After taking a northwesterly route near the Caribbean last week — skirting but not hitting islands like Barbuda and St. Martin, which were devastated by Irma — it doubled back on itself, heading southeast for a few hundred miles.
Jose was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday morning, just as it was resuming its track toward the southeastern coast of the United States.
It is still too early to predict the exact path the storm will take, Ms. Di Spigna said, adding, “Pretty much anyone on the coast needs to be watching the forecast.”