Jose Weakens To Tropical Storm, Dangerous Surf Will Continue For Several Days

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Hurricane Jose has weakened to a tropical storm on Tuesday night.

While the center of Jose is forecast to remain offshore of the U.S. east coast, the large cyclone is expected to cause some direct impacts in portions of New England, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for Cape Cod, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.

The National Hurricane Center says dangerous surf and rip currents will continue for several more days.

Churning waves and beach erosion were a similar sight up and down the Jersey shore.

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In Belmar, Mayor Matt Doherty tweeted a picture of the storm damaging one of the piers.

Wave heights off the coast could build to 15 feet, while breaking waves along the coast are expected to reach 8 to 10 feet. A high risk for rip currents continues.

The north tip of North Wildwood experienced some of the shore’s worst erosion. And with no federal replenishment project due for a couple years the city will have to take care of the problem.

“I mean the dunes are there to stop the surge from coming into the town and they do their job but in the meantime they end up destroyed and flattened out and then we have to of course get them back in shape,” said Patrick Rosenello, mayor of North Wildwood.

In Ocean City, where beach replenishment is just a month or so away, the erosion created cliffs near 5th street.

“Well I was on the boardwalk last night and I noticed that there’s been a quite a bit of erosion since then on our beach over here, so a lot of the dunes are even wearing away, so we have the edge that drops off right now, so I wanted to see how different it was today compared to yesterday,” said Brenda Aungst.

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Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible from Delaware to southern New England during the next several days.

TRAVEL ALERT:

WILDWOOD: The George Redding Bridge and surrounding roads are closed until further notice due to high flood waters from  Jose.

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