Tropical Storms Jose, Katia Shadowing Hurricane Irma

Sep 08, 2017, 00:42
Tropical Storms Jose, Katia Shadowing Hurricane Irma

Tropical Storms Jose and Katia are both now hurricanes.

Hurricane Jose officially became a major hurricane Thursday evening as the National Hurricane Center said the hurricane had top winds at 120 miles per hour.

Tropical Depression Thirteen is not expected to move much over the next few days.

Hurricane Jose is "quickly strengthening" as it makes its way west across the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Katia churned nearly 200 miles (322 km) off the Gulf coast of Mexico on Wednesday evening before an expected turn towards land that could dump heavy rain on eastern states in the coming days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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- In Broward County, Florida, a mandatory evacuation will go into effect at noon Thursday for areas east of Federal Highway, Mayor Barbara Sharief said.

As Florida residents brace for Irma's wrath, two other hurricanes - Jose and Katia - officially formed yesterday.

Tropical Storm Jose now has maximum sustained winds around 65 miles per hour, and it's expected to get stronger today.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured infrared temperature data on the eastern side of Hurricane Katia on September 7 at 3:29 a.m. EDT (0729 UTC).

As for timing, it looks like the remnants will make into Virginia sometime late Monday and continue possibly into early Wednesday.

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Authorities struggled to provide aid to the small Caribbean islands due east, which had been devastated by the storm's record 185mph (298kph) winds.

Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Katia as seen from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite on Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. EST. According to WCVB, Jose is expected to graduate from Category 1 status all the way up to a Category 3 heavyweight, with winds predicted to be up to 115 miles per hour.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Jose as it was consolidating.

People on the Leeward Islands should monitor this storm. Current forecasts show the storm impacting the Carolinas after it blows past Florida.

Irma is now tracking over Puerto Rico, after having passed over Caribbean islands.

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