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Hurricane Jose has weakened but it will linger over the western Atlantic for several days – and it is already complicating efforts to relieve the devastation brought about by Hurricane Irma.

The storm is currently 255 miles northeast of Grand Turk Island in the Caribbean, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. It now has winds of 105mph.

Jose is expected to have a looping path in the western Atlantic Ocean this week, generating high surf and rip currents that might affect parts of the US east coast and the northeast Caribbean.

“Swells generated by Jose will affect portions of Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands over the next couple of days,” the National Hurricane Centre said.

“These swells are likely to produce high surf and rip current conditions.”

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Hurricane Jose had threatened some of the areas in the Caribbean, like St Martin and the Virgin Islands, that were battered by Irma only days ago.

It headed out to sea causing little additional damage, and has now weakened to a category three hurricane.

But while it is expected to bring less devastation than initially feared, Jose has delayed much-needed aid to areas affected by Irma.

Wreckage cause by Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands. Pic: Caribbean Buzz Helicopters

Image: Wreckage cause by Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands. Pic: Caribbean Buzz Helicopters

At least 26 people were killed as Irma made her destructive trek across Anguilla, Barbuda, the French-Dutch island of St Martin, St Barts, the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Among those who died was a two-year-old boy who was swept away when his home filled with water.

Residents have reported shortages of food, water and medicine, and many have complained of looting.

The storm is now moving through the state of Florida, with Tampa braced for a potentially life-threatening storm surge.

Around 5.7 million homes and businesses in the state are without power, and more than 120 homes near Orlando have had to be evacuated from rising floodwaters.

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