What to Know About Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia

Cheryl Sanders
September 13, 2017

As for the three storms now occupying the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, all three are expected to take very different paths. Forecasters predict that by Friday, it will have turned into a Category 3 hurricane. The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the coast of the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde. Jose is moving 15-20 miles per hour moving northwest from the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Weather Service. According to the NHC website www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/history/, which the NHC admits doesn't include every noteworthy storm, the last major hurricane to make landfall in the US was Hurricane Ike in 2008. Apart from Veracruz, Southern portions of the state of Tamaulipas may also feel the effects of the storm.


Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, said this week that Katia has "worrying characteristics" because it is very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks.


According to the 5 a.m. public advisory, the latest available, Tropical Storm Jose, which the NHC expects will become a hurricane later tonight, is about 1,255 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. According to the Post, Jose is projected to stay mostly away from land, but could impact islands in the Lesser Antilles that have already been hit by Irma.


By mid-morning, Katia was 160 miles (255 km) east of the port of Tampico, with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (155 km per hour), making the storm a Category 2 hurricane. It is on course to make landfall in several Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, Tuesday night or early Wednesday, Vox reported.

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