Jose strengthens into risky Category 3 hurricane

Jay Jacobs
September 12, 2017

On Friday September 8 Hurricane Jose was 335 miles south east of the Northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean and was moving in a north westerly direction.

On Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible-light image of Hurricane Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Irma, Jose and Katia are all expected to make landfall this weekend.

Irma has the potential to cause the most damage, and the trifecta of hurricanes has experts anxious about the potential destruction from the back-to-back-to-back storms. At 8 a.m. ET Saturday, Katia had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

Travel to and from St. Martin and St. Bart was halted on Saturday with Jose closing in, while hurricane warnings put in place for Barbuda and Anguilla.

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Jose strengthened on Thursday into a risky Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Katia - one of three active Atlantic cyclones, along with Irma, is expected to continue on a west-southwest track. Irma tied with this hurricane for longest time spent in Category 5 strength. A hurricane watch is in effect from Cabo Rojo to the northern border of the state.

Weather forecasters have been tracking the storm as it brewed over the open ocean and moves towards land. This rainfall will continue the risk of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain.

Areas likely to be hit by Jose are in the midst of recovery from Irma, with most of the Caribbean still without power or strong broadband access.

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