Jose has been downgraded to a tropical storm but is expected to linger in the Atlantic southeast of Massachusetts for the next several days.
The storm, which maintained hurricane-force winds for nearly two weeks, had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph on Wednesday morning. Tropical-storm level winds — 39 to 73 mph — extend up to 230 miles from the storm’s center, which is about 165 miles south of Cape Cod, according to the National Weather Service.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island.
High surf and small craft advisories remain in effect along the entire Maine and New Hampshire coasts. Storm-generated rip currents, which can pull people away from shore, also pose a hazard to swimmers or others in the water.
In Acadia National Park, where high surf kicked up by Hurricane Bill swept a 7-year-old girl to her death in 2009, officials have placed signs warning visitors about the dangers posed by Jose.
Acadia officials briefly closed the access road to Schoodic Point late Wednesday morning because of crowds of people showing up to view waves churned up by the storm, but there were no mishaps, according to park spokeswoman Christie Anastasia.
The heavy seas caused some cruise ship cancellations in Bar Harbor. The Crown Princess canceled its visit for Wednesday, while the Arcadia canceled its scheduled Thursday visit and AIDAdiva canceled its planned stop on Friday. Other ships still are expected to visit on those days, according to the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Portland, the state’s second-busiest cruise ship port, has not had any cancellations because of Jose, but did have a couple of smaller ships extend their stays in the city to avoid the storm, according to city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin.
“We do think we may get some cancellations next week because of [Hurricane] Maria, but have none at this point,” she said Wednesday.
Coastal flooding advisories or warnings are in effect for part of Massachusetts, the New York City area, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
Jose is predicted to hover in the general region through the weekend, drifting eastward approximately 100 miles through Thursday and then drifting back west again as it loses intensity over the next several days. By early next week, Jose is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression with sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
Further South, Hurricane Maria continued to move northwest Wednesday from the eastern Caribbean. An “extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane” with 150 mph winds, Maria blew directly over Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning and is expected to pass just east of the Bahama Islands this weekend before turning northward toward the East Coast.