Jose expected to strengthen into a hurricane

Jose expected to strengthen into a hurricane

Katia, which is located in the western Gulf of Mexico, is packing winds of 80 miles per hour, according to an 11 p.m. ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The category one storm is now building in intensity in the north Atlantic, around 900 miles east of the Lesser Antilles where the island of Barbuda saw catastrophic damage on Wednesday.

Katia is off the coast of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

With the three hurricanes on the map simultaneously, all eyes are on Irma, which is expected to bring a 20-foot storm surge and 20 inches of rain.

Hurricane Jose, which happens to be the 10 named storm of the hurricane season this year, is expected to move towards Bermuda in a northwest direction by this weekend.

Hurricane Jose
Hurricane Jose

Both Katia and Jose were upgraded to hurricanes Wednesday afternoon.

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

Hurricane Katia (far left) forms as Irma heads west as Jose develops in the bottom right. This system formed in the western Gulf of Mexico from a lingering disturbance earlier this week.

"University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Irma "could easily be the most costly storm in USA history, which is saying a lot considering what just happened two weeks ago" in Texas". "But the Leeward Islands would end up with another one-two punch ..."

Though it's unusual for three hurricanes to be active in the Atlantic basin at the same time, it's not without precedent. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said it's possible a mandatory evacuation may be ordered by Friday. It was expected to gain some strength but the effects of Irma were seen eventually weakening that storm. A hurricane watch has been issued for the Mexican state of Veracruz by the Mexican government.

Churning in Gulf, Tropical Storm Katia threatens eastern Mexico
It is quite unusual to find three tropical systems churning in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. The storm was located about 1200 east of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour .

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