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Jose lives on, and more storms are brewing in the Atlantic

Hurricane Jose strengthens slightly 500 miles south of Bermuda: NHC

Interests along the northeast USA and New England coasts need to watch to see how close Jose may get to the US before heading out to the northern Atlantic.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Jose is growing stronger off the East Coast of the U.S., with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph).

Jose will probably be downgraded to a tropical storm as it comes close to MA on Wednesday - threatening shipping and real estate along the East Coast - before veering farther out into the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The Weather Channel also continues by warning beachgoers taking advantage of these September summer-like temps that they should be on the lookout if they are in these areas that are expected to possibly be impacted by Hurricane Jose.

Jose could affect five refineries along the East Coast that are able to process about 1.1 million barrels a day of oil, Bloomberg data showed. The hurricane is already creating rough surf and unsafe rip currents for North Carolina beaches.

The one of most immediate concern is Tropical Storm Maria. Storm path models continue to predict that Jose, which could gain additional strength after moving over warmer waters to its northwest, will not make landfall in the Bahamas or on the East Coast, but direct impact on the mainland USA remains within the storm's "cone of uncertainty". By Monday afternoon, Maria is expected to strengthen to a Category 2, with winds around 105 miles per hour.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat.

Tropical storm watches have be issued for portions of the Lesser Antilles. A watch has been issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatius.

Drew Pearson, emergency manager, says residents and visitors should stock up on any essentials and watch the forecast through Tuesday in case the storm track farther inland.

Tropical storm Lee is sitting several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands with sustained winds at 40 mph. It will gain strength quickly as it moves towards islands in the Caribbean that were recently impacted by Irma. Conditions are now very suitable for tropical development, with sea surface temperatures well over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and weak wind shear.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

Tropical Storm Lee may weaken by next week.