There's a chance it could strengthen into a hurricane as it heads towards New York City and Boston.
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Early Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for southeast New York.

“Building swells from Tropical Cyclone Jose will pose an increasing threat for high surf, dune erosion, localized washovers, and dangerous rip currents along the ocean beachfront this weekend through early next week,” it said.

Basically, travelers may want to avoid coastal areas along the Atlantic over the weekend and early next week.

The National Hurricane Center released a five-day forecast for Jose, which shows the storm moving along the East Coast and over the New Jersey coast and southeast New York, and north into Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts by the morning of Wednesday, September 20.

Major Cities including New York City and Boston could be affected by high wind gusts, rain, and rough surf.

At the time of publication, Jose had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, and was located a few hundred miles northeast of the Bahamas.

It’s expected to move between Bermuda and the Eastern Seaboard over the weekend, with the potential to strengthen into a category 1 hurricane, according to ABC News.

On the heels of Hurricane Irma, Jose — whether it remains a tropical storm or escalates into a hurricane — could still do significant damage to an already-battered coastal region (such as the Carolinas).

Jose’s path is also still subject to change. According to AccuWeather, it could stall off the coast or be entirely swept out to sea, though it could “remain a problem for coastal areas” either way.