Preparedness & Recovery

Hurricanes Katia, Jose Follow Behind Deadly Irma

Hurricane Jose, currently labeled a Category 1 hurricane and likely to be upgraded, follows closely behind Irma.

by Kristin LaFratta, MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass. / September 7, 2017
In this GOES-16 geocolor image satellite image taken Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, the eye of Hurricane Irma, left, is just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean. Irma, a fearsome Category 5 storm, cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. AP

(TNS) - Hurricane Irma is now sweeping through the Caribbean with deadly force as two other storms move in from the Atlantic.

Irma, a Category 5 storm, has killed at least 10 people, reports the Associated Press. Most buildings on the island of Barbuda were reportedly wiped out in the storm's record 185 mph winds on Wednesday.

The storm brought heavy rain and wind to U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, but mainly moved out to sea. On early Thursday, Irma began heading toward the Dominican Republic, Haiti and is expected to move over Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas Thursday night. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said tropical storm winds from Irma are expected to arrive in southern Florida and the Florida Keys on Saturday.

Hurricane Jose, currently labeled a Category 1 hurricane and likely to be upgraded, follows closely behind Irma. Jose is moving 15-20 mph moving northwest from the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Weather Service.

Jose's central "cone," a prediction of the storm's track, shows the strongest potential 110+ mph winds would miss much of the Caribbean, though experts are on watch for possible landfall on the northern Leeward Islands.

The National Weather Service warns that the cone predictions can be erroneous, and that areas well beyond the cone can also be intensely affected. As of now, Jose has winds of 75 mph, though it is quickly strengthening.

Hurricane Katia is a Category 1 hurricane that formed off the Gulf of Mexico coast. A hurricane watch has been issued for the state of Veracruz in Mexico as the storm and its 75 mph winds move in on Thursday.

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