Irma Has Company as Two Other Hurricanes Make Their Debuts

Marcus Newton
September 8, 2017

As of 5 p.m. this afternoon, Jose was moving west at 16 miles per hour, and the National Hurricane Center expects that motion to continue over the next two days.

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) on September 5, the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near 12.3 degrees north latitude and 39.1 degrees west longitude. 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).

Now Jose could approach those islands on Saturday.

The eleventh, Katia, formed early Wednesday and strengthened into a hurricane in the evening. Hurricane Katia is about 210 miles east of Tampico, Mexico, and about 190 miles north-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

The US National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Jose is gaining strength in the central tropical Atlantic.

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Jose is officially the 10th named storm of hurricane season, followed by Katia who comes in at #11. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall. Jose is expected to track behind Irma, crossing over some of the same eastern Caribbean islands Irma passed over.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: "Jose is now forecast to follow a similar track initially to Irma, moving westwards in the Atlantic and to the north and east of the Caribbean where the hurricane was on Wednesday".

This storm is a long ways out and does not pose any immediate threats to the U.S.

Jose could hit some of the same small islands in the northern Lesser Antilles decimated by Irma.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and Dominica.

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