Hurricane Jose is headed toward the northeast United States next week—but don’t let fake forecasts freak you out.
A story and map by Philly Mag said that the storm would hit the Jersey Shore. But, as of right now, forecasts don’t have the storm directly hitting the Jersey shoreline.
As many people pointed out on Twitter, the map Philly Mag shared looks more like Hurricane Sandy than Hurricane Jose.
Versus the National Hurricane Center’s model:
The storm is still in the Atlantic and the coast from New Jersey up through New England is only in the hurricane’s “cone of uncertainty.” The forecast still says the center of the storm will stay over the ocean.
Much of the northeast will likely experience rain and winds, but it’s not accurate to warn of Hurricane Sandy, part two. Meteorologists and others watching Jose’s progression did not take kindly to this misleading information from a major city magazine.
Even if it’s just a mistake, which seems more likely than the paper trying to intentionally mislead worried Jersey residents, it’s a dangerous one.
This is NOT Jose’s current NHC track! Nor is it what is being currently modeled. Why are you using this image? Completely irresponsible!
— Brian K (@bktandem) September 15, 2017
After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it’s easy to get nervous. But don’t fall for hyped-up reports. Check the National Hurricane Center for accurate, straightforward updates on Jose.