Hurricane Jose could hit the Jersey Shore this week, right where Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, and then move on to engulf New York City. That possibility comes from a computer projection showing Jose “bouncing off” Tropical Storm Maria, which is also off of the east coast, the Washington Post reports.
While it is far too early to make any form predictions, we do know that Hurricane Jose is taking a northern path off the East Coast. It will come dangerously close to New York City and the Jersey Shore, bringing with it the possibility of 80MPH plus winds.
Complicating matters is the presence of Tropical Storm Maria, which sits farther off the east coast. In a rare weather phenomenon known as the “Fujiwara Effect, Maria could move into Jose, spinning it around and “slingshotting” it into New Jersey and New York. While the scenario is far from certain at this point, the scenario could create a seriously dangerous situation for one of the country’s most-densely populated areas.
This screenshot of a computer model shows Jose and Maria approaching each other, which would create the slingshot effect. It based on a projection from StormVistaWxModels.com.
According to the Washington Post, based off a European model, there is a possibility of the extremely rare Fujiwara Effect where Hurricane Jose and Tropical Storm Maria could appear to ‘dance.’
According to projections for the 24th and 25th of September the storms could pinwheel around each other and slam into New Jersey which was hit by Sandy in 2012.
The Fujiwara Dance or Effect is more commonly seen in the warmer Pacific, where cyclones bounces off each other like a pinball in a machine.
Tropical Storm Maria is seen arriving from the south and plowing into Jose, with the warmer weather of the Caribbean storm displacing causing the slingshot.
By Tuesday as it approaches New York, winds are expected to be between 39-73 mph according to the National Hurricane Center.
If Jose does track towards the Atlantic seaboard, it could add on to an already devastating hurricane season, following Harvey’s flooding in Texas and Irma’s destruction in Florida.
There’s an 18 per cent chance of tropical storm-force winds hitting New York City between Tuesday and Wednesday, Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground, told Bloomberg.