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

Tropical Storm Jose gaining strength in central Atlantic: NHC

Tropical Storm Jose gaining strength in central Atlantic: NHC

The storm's hurricane-force winds (classified as 74 mph or higher) extend 25 miles out from the center, and the radius of tropical-storm-force winds extends about 70 miles. Some 95 percent of the island was completely destroyed. In an unlikely coincidence, these storms are nearly in the same order and position as Irma, Jose and Katia, and have the same first three letters (I, J, K).

Hurricane Irma formed late last week in the middle of the Atlantic, and Tropical Storm Jose formed earlier this week not far behind Irma.

While it is expected to curve to the north out to sea well before reaching the United States, it could pass very close to the northern Leeward Islands as a major hurricane Saturday.

Florida is now preparing for the possibility of Irma.

The Associated Press reports that residents of Georgia's coast, including the city of Savannah, are also evacuating ahead of Irma making landfall in the U.S.

Katia is forecast to turn southeastward in the next 24 hours and will move in that direction before turning southwest on Friday.

Hurricane Irma, a Category Five storm further to the west, is now battering the Caribbean and threatening Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and south Florida.

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, spread devastation in Saint Martin, where it killed eight people, and Barbuda in the Caribbean as it took aim at Florida. However, it has reiterated that depending on the progress of the storm, a storm watch may happen for parts of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday, according to Kris TV.

On September 6, the AP reported Irma had swept over a chain of Caribbean islands, passing directly over Barbuda where it cut almost 1,700 people off from communication in the wake of the storm.

The peak of the season is usually around September 10, and the fourth hurricane of the season doesn't typically occur until about September 21.

Tropical Depression 13 is trying to organize into a tropical storm off the coast of Mexico.

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