Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

As Irma Strengthens, Tropical Storm Jose Forms - Where Is It Headed?

As Irma Strengthens, Tropical Storm Jose Forms - Where Is It Headed?

Hurricane Katia made landfall on Friday near the working-class beach resort of Tecolutla in the state of Veracruz on the Mexican Gulf coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Hurricane warnings were in effect along Mexico's Gulf Coast from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde.

As Hurricane Irma strengthens into a Category 5 storm, possibly headed for Florida, eyes are on yet another storm brewing - Tropical Storm Jose, which is forming in the Atlantic Ocean.

However, Jose is coming behind Hurricane Irma, a risky Category 5 hurricane that the National Hurricane Center is calling "potentially catastrophic". High shear disrupts wind circulation by tilting the storm and breaking it up, he added.

Jose, which formed into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon, is tracking to the northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and will continue to do so into Saturday night. But the expected path combined with a swath of dry air over Texas and Louisiana means Katia will likely not move far enough to hit the areas already devastated by last week's Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Irma is not the only show in town.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jose was a minimal tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

It's the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have been in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Irma, which has been called one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, is tearing through the Caribbean islands, bringing 185-mph winds and heavy rain to places like Puerto Rico, the Associated Press reported.

"Jose is relatively small and is not expected to become a large hurricane in size", AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Jose has winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and is quickly strengthening, but poses no immediate threat to land. By Sunday morning, Irma is forecast to be just south of the Florida Keys, still as a Category 4 storm, putting Florida in the crosshairs.

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