Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Tropical Storm Jose expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday night

Tropical Storm Jose expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday night

That includes 37 in Juchitan.

He added that more rain in the wake of Hurricane Franklin, which hit Veracruz in early August, will soften the ground - increasing the possibility of landslides. The storm has since dissipated. At least a dozen people were confirmed dead.

Dr. Allen - who specializes in hazardous weather - says no one knows for sure why 2017 is more active than recent years, but says there are some contributing factors.

Earlier in the day, Katia was slightly nearer to the Mexican coast, and at about 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) was moving to the southeast at around 3 miles per hour (5 kph), the center said.

Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes says the two died in a mudslide.

Yunes said Saturday that there were no other reports of major damage, though he said some rivers had risen to near flood stage.

Mexican emergency workers are also scrambling to respond to an 8.1-magnitude natural disaster that struck off the country's southern Pacific coast late Thursday, killing at least 61 people.

Officials in Florida have ordered a total of 6.3 million people, or about a third of the state's population, to evacuate, creating massive traffic jams on highways and overcrowding shelters.

The storm later weakened to a tropical depression as it moved into the interior of Mexico, but it could still dump heavy rains on areas that have absorbed large amounts of precipitation and been shaken by a massive natural disaster in recent days.

Jose and Katia joined Irma as hurricanes on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Katia made landfall Friday night as a hurricane.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect but a tropical storm watch could be required for portions of the Mexican state of Veracruz at some point Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Katia went from being a tropical depression to a tropical storm to a hurricane in the space of a few hours off the coast of Mexico. The storm was expected to weaken rapidly over the next day, the NHC said.

"The wind and air patterns in the area of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, where many storms develop, are very conducive to an above-normal season", Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, told CNN last month. Meanwhile, Irma is now headed toward the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos and Cuba, and is expected to reach Florida on Sunday, according to ABC News.

While Jose appears to pose little immediate threat, Florida is bracing for potential destruction from Hurricane Irma - a storm that is making its way toward Antigua and potentially the East Coast of the U.S.

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