Storms ‘Katia’ and ‘Jose’ join ‘Irma’ as hurricanes in the Atlantic

Tropical storms Jose and Katia have become a category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic basin and joined the powerful category 5 hurricane Irma, the US National Hurricane Center (CNH) reported. Jose is in the open undersea of the Atlantic Ocean and could follow the wake of Harvey on his way to the Caribbean, while Katia was formed in the southwest of the Gulf of Mexico.

CNH experts predict that José, who has winds of 120 kilometers per hour, is heading west-northwest, heading for the Lesser Antilles, which has punished Hurricane Irma, category 5 in the last hours. Jose is 1,675 kilometers away from the Lesser Antilles, where he could arrive this next weekend, although later it would turn slightly towards the north to be placed between the archipelagos of Bermuda and Bahamas, and not like Irma, that will approach to the north coast of Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Forecasters predict Katia will remain off the coast until late Friday, when it would land in Mexico to weaken after a tropical depression. Katia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 127 to 254 millimeters above northern Veracruz, and 50 to 127 millimeters south of Tamaulipas, northeast of Puebla and south of Veracruz on Saturday morning. The CNH warned however that in the north of Veracruz can accumulate maximum amounts of up to 381 millimeters.

This rain can endanger people’s lives due to floods and landslides, especially in mountainous areas, the CNH said. These two hurricanes add to the “potentially catastrophic” Irma, the strongest hurricane recorded so far in the Atlantic, which is approaching the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico after leaving the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.

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