Three Hurricanes at once: Irma, Jose and Katia

Sep 14, 2017, 00:13
Three Hurricanes at once: Irma, Jose and Katia

As Katia reached the Mexican Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast.

Tropical Storm Jose formed Tuesday morning in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) an hour, and is inching towards the east-southeast at a speed of five miles (seven kilometers) per hour, the NHC said in its 1500 GMT bulletin. The western quadrant of the storm was over the east coast state of Veracruz, Mexico.

Reuters/Ricardo RojasA member of the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) monitors the trajectory of Hurricane Irma in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic September 5, 2017. "After that time, global models develop a ridge over the northern Gulf of Mexico and this flow pattern will steer Katia southwestward toward the state of Veracruz", they added.

Katia was 195 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, and there's a hurricane warning in effect for Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. It's now about 1,040 miles east of a collection of islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Irma is the largest recorded storm in the Atlantic basin outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 185 miles per hour. Not much motion is expected over the next day or so but strengthening is anticipated. The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 millibars.

NASA's Terra satellite passed over Tropical Storm Katia as it was developing along Mexico's east coast.

This means hurricane conditions are possible yet again for the region within 48 hours of the warning.