Jose now Category 2 hurricane, seen a major storm on Friday -NHC

Jon Howard
September 8, 2017

Hurricane Katia wheeled in place off the Mexican Gulf coast on Thursday, but it was expected to gain strength before it approached land by late Friday or early Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The storm is east of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Jose graduated from tropical storm status Wednesday afternoon when sustained winds picked up to 75 miles per hour.

The category one storm is now building in intensity in the north Atlantic, around 900 miles east of the Lesser Antilles where the island of Barbuda saw catastrophic damage on Wednesday.

Irma is a potentially catastrophic hurricane that will affect the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as Cuba, the Bahamas and finally the Florida peninsula.

Two tropical storms have been upgraded to hurricanes. It posed no immediate threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said, but it noted the path could change at any moment.

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Another one, Hurricane Katia has also been upgraded from a tropical storm and is now in the Gulf of Mexico, about 175 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico and is moving at the speed of 5 miles/hour east-southeastwards. The storm strengthened to a hurricane by Wednesday evening.

It's the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have been in the Atlantic, according to CNN Weather.

Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. Isolated amounts of 10 inches are possible.

Tropical Depression Thirteen is not expected to move much over the next few days.

There have been no coastal watches or warnings issued for Hurricane Jose so far.

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