In Irma’s wake comes Jose, an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4 hurricane
Miami: Hurricane Jose strengthened to a powerful Category Four storm on Friday as it followed in the path of Hurricane Irma, US weather forecasters said.
The “extremely dangerous” storm was located in the Atlantic Ocean 670km east of the Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. The storm was packing sustained winds of 240 kilometers per hour (kmph) as it moved west-northwest at 30 kmph, the NHC said.
“On the forecast track, the centre of Jose will pass near or east of the northeastern Leeward Islands on Saturday,” the NHC said.
Ocean swells “likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” are expected to affect portions of the Leeward Islands later on Friday, the NHC said.
Hurricane conditions are also possible on Caribbean islands including Antigua, Barbuda, and Anguilla on Friday.
Jose follows Irma, a powerful Category Five hurricane tearing across the Caribbean towards to Florida.
Further west, Hurricane Katia was also upgraded on Friday to a Category Two storm as it churned towards the eastern coast of Mexico. Mexico’s National Water Commission meteorological authority said Katia picked up strength as it swirled in the Gulf of Mexico 205km from the major port city of Veracruz.
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