A chain of already battered islands in the Northern Caribbean avoided a direct hit from Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds, that is forecasted to move further northwest and weaken on Sunday.
The government of Antigua called off a tropical storm warning for the sister islands of Antigua and Barbuda. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
Swells generated by Jose will begin to hit Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands and portions of the Bahamas over the next few of days.
The National Weather Service said these swells are likely to produce “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”
The service said Jose will begin to gradually weaken Sunday and continue to simmer down Monday.