Tropical Storms Jose, Katia now hurricanes

Phillip Cunningham
September 8, 2017

The other two hurricanes, Jose and Katia, are both Category 1 at the moment.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Jose poses no immediately threat to land, but meteorologists warn the storm's path could change.

The forecast track of Tropical Storm Jose on September 4, 2017.

Katia's maximum sustained winds are at 45 miles per hour now, but it's expected to get stronger, and could even strengthen into a Hurricane in a couple of days, forecasters said.

Jose has 40 miles per hour winds and moving 13 miles per hour west-northwest.

NHC forecaster Chris Landsea said that Jose should move toward the west or west-northwest for the next three to four days at a slightly faster rate of forward speed as it moves south of the deep-layer Azores-Bermuda high.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has advised that a "quickly strengthening" Jose has become a hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Jose, which formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday, is expected to become a hurricane on Wednesday. Hurricane watches were issued on Thursday for the area.

As the hurricane approached, Sir Richard Branson refused to leave his private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, but admitted "almost nothing" can withstand a storm of Irma's force.

Katia formed into a tropical storm early Wednesday off the coast of Mexico. "Where Jose is concerned, the islands of the Lesser Antilles will be impacted by rough swells, particularly along the north and east coasts", Baig said. The storm isn't near land, so no warnings are in effect.

Weather forecasters have said the hurricane has sustained maximum winds of up to 120 miles per hour. That night, it is expected to be near the Turks and Caicos islands and the southeastern Bahamas, where storm surges of up to 20 feet are possible, the hurricane center said.

If the storm tracks over the beleaguered islands of the northern Lesser Antilles, they could face destructive winds for the second time in four days and up to 10 inches of rainfall.

Irma is now tracking over Puerto Rico, after having passed over Caribbean islands.

Florida is now preparing for the possibility of Irma.

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