Tropical Storms Jose, Katia now hurricanes

Tropical Storms Jose, Katia now hurricanes

In what feels like a never-ending barrage of storms, this year's hurricane season just passed the halfway mark - and three hurricanes, including Category 5 Irma, are churning in the Atlantic. Hurricane watches, meaning sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher are possible, have been in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Sint Maarten and St. Martin.

Hurricane Irma has been pummeling its way through on path to the US this week, with Hurricane Jose following closely behind.

The storm could strengthen in the next 24 to 36 hours and is now about 625 miles east-southeast of the Caribbean island Antigua.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Southeastern Bahamas.

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Hurricane Jose will likely become a hurricane before the end of the week, but it's most likely to stay in the middle of the Atlantic, far from land, and Hurricane Katia will landfall in Central Mexico at the start of the weekend.

Hurricane Jose's powerful center was passing north of a string of already storm-damaged Caribbean islands Saturday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said, whipping some of them with tropical storm-force winds and rain that could exacerbate flooding there.

The NHC says the storm could become a major hurricane.

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A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24 hours. Irma and Jose, unfortunately, is joined by another hurricane, Katia, which is centered over the southwest Gulf of Mexico .

A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.

"This one doesn't pose as much of a threat to the direct southeastern United States as Irma does", said Weather Channel meteorologist Ari Sarsalari.

Instead, it's expected to curve up into the open Atlantic and become a major hurricane - Category 3 or more - with winds up to 115 miles per hour. 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). At the 8 a.m. Sunday advisory from the NHC, Jose's sustained winds were still at 130 miles per hour.

It's absolutely incredible the records that Hurricane Irma has been setting this week.

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