Jose strengthens into hurricane in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical storm Jose formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday

Jose strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Thursday.

Hurricane Jose has formed in the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose was lying about 1,140 miles east of the Lesser Antilles Islands which is located in the eastern Caribbean region.

Hurricane Katia has just formed in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico in the Bay of Campeche.

As of 2100 UTC today (September 6), Irma was about 40 miles northwest of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and about 55 miles east-northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

With the nation's eyes on Hurricane Irma, yet another storm is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.

For comparison, Hurricane Harvey unloaded over 50 inches of rain east of Houston, Texas last week. That ties Irma with three other storms as the second strongest hurricane by wind speed in the North Atlantic Basin.

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Hurricane Jose is gathering strength in the warm waters of the central Atlantic and is heading west in the wake of Irma. Latest paths for the storm have it impacting almost the entire state of Florida, and potentially further up the East Coast into the Carolinas.

Current models show the weakening Irma stalling out over Tennessee and Kentucky by Tuesday when the furthest arm of the storm brings rains and the potential for some gusty winds to south-central Pennsylvania.

Already two people have been killed on the islands of St Barts and St Martin, with the death toll likely to rise.

Mr Dewhurst said: "Jose is now a category one hurricane and it is expected to be a category three by Friday and drop back down to a category two by Saturday". The government has extended the Hurricane Watch northward along the coast to Cabo Rojo.

Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, the NHC added. It is expected to stay on that course over the next couple of days and gradually strengthen.

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