High winds, surf impacting coast as Jose lingers offshore

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Jose was downgraded Wednesday to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph offshore.

Gusts up to 40 mph have been measured along the coast, along with high surf and big waves, the impacts of which could be felt for several days as Jose loops around and gradually weakens. There’s also a chance at this time that Jose winds up interacting with Maria, a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Block Island and Cape Cod, while much of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts is under a Wind Advisory until Thursday evening.

 

Winds on Block Island could reach 45 miles per hour, with possibility of some gusts getting close to 60. Higher gusts are possible on the Cape and islands. This could lead to power outages.

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The 12-14 foot waves being measured by buoys offshore could lead to severe beach erosion along the coast.

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In the below video, Eyewitness News reporter Kim Kalunian checks out the conditions in Westport.

Both the Block Island and Providence-Newport Ferries have canceled all service on Wednesday due to rough seas.

In response to the forecast, the Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich announced it would be closed on Wednesday. The school will reopen on Friday, Sept. 22, since it will also be closed on Thursday in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

The Narragansett Emergency Management Agency is warning bystanders watching the waves to stay off the rocks along the coast after the surf knocked five people off a jetty Sunday afternoon, sending them to the hospital.

In the below video, Jared Pliner takes a look at conditions in Newport and Little Compton.

“Waves just swept them off the of the rocks and into the beach area and into the water,” Narragansett Fire Chief and EMA Director Scott Partington said Monday. “Some of them were seriously injured. Five I believe went to the hospital, three we transported ourselves. Some with serious lacerations to the head.”

Jose is not expected to cause widespread power outages, but some scattered outages and downed tree limbs are possible.

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