Jose, Katia And Irma: 3 Hurricanes Now Formed In Atlantic

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose - both of which are off to the east in the Atlantic.

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 US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. And while Irma's 185 mph hour sustained winds have remained constant for almost 24 hours, the other two hurricanes have only recently passed the 75 mph threshold to achieve their new designation.

As Katia reached the Mexican Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast.

Katia is now swirling, along with Hurricanes Irma and Jose.

Jose's maximum sustained winds are near 85 miles per hour with stronger gusts.

Major hurricane conditions can be expected from the Keys through a good part of the southern to central Florida with the system, and will likely continue northward through the rest of the peninsula into Georgia and SC as a lesser, but nonetheless a risky storm.

The hurricane earlier Wednesday battered a string of northern Caribbean island nations, situated east of the more populous Virgin Islands group and Puerto Rico. But the expected path combined with a swath of dry air over Texas and Louisiana means Katia will likely not move far enough to hit the areas already devastated by last week's Hurricane Harvey.

General view of damage following Hurricane Irma hitting Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, Sept. 6, 2017.

Formation chance through 48 hours: 60 percent.

Hurricane Irma isn't the only storm that's roaring in the Atlantic.

Aside from Jose, Hurricane Katia was located 215 miles east-southeast of Tampico, Mexico as of 10 a.m. CDT Thursday and has yet had any significant movement.

By Saturday afternoon, the hurricane is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm.

Right now, Jose is following about two days behind Irma, forecasts show.

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