Hurricane Jose's center seen staying off US East Coast

(Reuters) - Hurricane Jose's center is forecast to pass well east of the North Carolina coast on Monday and to remain offshore from Virginia to New England, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.

"However, an increase in the size of the storm or a westward adjustment in the track forecast could bring tropical storm conditions closer to the Outer Banks" of North Carolina, the forecaster said.

As a large cyclone, Jose could also affect the Virginia-to-New-England area, especially if it deviates from its forecast track, the NHC said.

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), the NHC said the storm was generating swells affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, the northern coast of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and much of the U.S. East Coast.

It was moving northwest at nine miles (14.5 km) per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

(Writing by Lisa Von Ahn, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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Hurricane Irma, downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, is shown over Florida, along with Hurricane Jose (R) making a looping path in the western Atlantic Ocean in this NASA GOES satellite image taken at 1600 EDT (2000 GMT) on September 11, 2017. Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose (R) and Hurricane Katia (L) are pictured in the Atlantic Ocean in this September 7, 2017 NOAA satellite handout photo. NOAA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Hurricane Irma (L) and Hurricane Jose are pictured in the Atlantic Ocean in this September 7, 2017 NOAA satellite handout photo. NOAA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
NARRAGANSETT, RI - SEPTEMBER 18: Sonny Sopollec of Holland, MA body surfs on waves caused by Hurricane Jose at Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, RI on Sep. 18, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NARRAGANSETT, RI - SEPTEMBER 18: A surfer rides a wave caused by Hurricane Jose at Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, RI on Sep. 18, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NARRAGANSETT, RI - SEPTEMBER 18: A surfer rides a wave caused by Hurricane Jose at Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, RI on Sep. 18, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NARRAGANSETT, RI - SEPTEMBER 18: Waves caused by Hurricane Jose crash into the jetty wall as a photographer tries to take a picture at Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, RI on Sep. 18, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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