Hurricane Jose's forecast, September 12, 2017.
"Jose is expected to remain between Bermuda and Hispaniola for the next several days", said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.
The movement of a large area of high pressure, or clockwise flow of air in the atmosphere, will guide Jose along this week.
The loop back toward the coast comes after Jose is expected to travel southwest - essentially backwards - and then move closer to shore. The most likely path is for Jose to split the distance between the Outer Banks and Bermuda as it continues to the northeast.
"So we're going to be keeping a very, very close eye on Jose".
At the very least, risky seas will be stirred along the north- and east-facing beaches of these islands, some of which were left decimated by Irma.
For the European weather model, a recurvature out to sea or a landfall in New England or Canada were the preferred solutions.
Any potential direct hit from Jose wouldn't be until next week, however.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, Jose is forecast to begin heading west again, eventually moving to a point to the northeast of the Bahamas by 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Irma, now a tropical depression, was expected to bring clouds to the East Coast by late this week.