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Tropical Storm Jose forms in the Atlantic, could be hurricane by Friday
New: Tropical Storm Jose forms east of Hurricane Irma

08 September, 2017

Tropical Storm Jose continues to strengthen gradually and is now expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday night. It now has wind speeds of around 60 miles per hour, but the National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts it will become a hurricane later on Wednesday.

As Irma bears down on the United States mainland, two other tropical storms have been upgraded to hurricanes within minutes of each other. Hurricane Jose is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained wind gusts near 85 miles per hour. Interests in the Leeward Islands have been advised to monitor the progress of Hurricane Jose. While Harvey moved north, bringing its destruction to Texas, projections are that Katia sticking close to Mexico, making landfall on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

While everyone has been closely watching Hurricane Irma, Tropical Storm Jose formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Irma will move into the BVI area today, causing weather conditions to significantly deteriorate later this evening into tonight and tomorrow.

Jose is behind Irma, further out in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Hurricane Katia is not expected to affect Southwest Florida.

The statistical peak of hurricane season is Sept 10. Jose is now to the east of the island chain. In Barbuda, an island east of Puerto Rico, winds ripped off the roof of a police station, forcing officers to take shelter in a nearby fire station, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Jose has had maximum sustained winds around 60 miles per hour, though forecasters expect it will be upgraded to a hurricane by tonight.

As for the three storms now occupying the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, all three are expected to take very different paths.

Katia is expected to reach the coastline of oil-producing Veracruz state sometime between Friday and Saturday as a category 1 hurricane, said the head of Mexico's water authority Conagua, Roberto Ramirez.

Florida is now preparing for the possibility of Irma.

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