Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Hurricane Jose passes Puerto Rico, spares Caribbean islands

Hurricane Jose passes Puerto Rico, spares Caribbean islands

Authorities in Florida area already preparing for the potential impact of Irma, which is forecast to move through the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas by Friday, before potentially hitting the southeast coast of the us mainland over the weekend.

In this NASA/NOAA handout image, NOAA's GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma, center, in the Caribbean Sea, Tropical Storm Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean and Tropical Storm Katia in the Gulf of Mexico taken at 15:45 UTC on September 8, 2017. Katia is located in the Gulf of Mexico north-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

If it does manage to pick up strength over time, it may join the likes of Category 5 Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Jose. Tourists in the state are already under a mandatory evacuation order, which began yesterday, NZT.

Jose's maximum sustained winds are near 85 miles per hour with stronger gusts.

Irma's core slammed Barbuda early Wednesday before moving over St. Martin and Anguilla and parts of the British Virgin Islands.

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Just as Jose was upgraded to a hurricane on Wednesday, so was Katia.

Category 3: Considered major storms, Category 3 hurricanes are likely to produce "devastating damage". At 6pm today, its closest point of approach within 72 hours was said to be 758 nautical miles to the south-southwest at 2pm tomorrow.

"We're expecting long period swells that will lead to risky surf and strong rip currents along the eastern North Carolina beaches, beginning Thursday and lasting through at least the weekend", Mr. Glenn said.

The potentially catastrophic category 5 storm made landfall in the Caribbean early Wednesday morning.

Katia was downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane when it was about 185 kilometres northwest of Veracruz with sustained winds of 65 km/h, the centre said in an advisory.

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The forecast was for Jose, the 10th named storm of this year's hurricane season, to veer northwest towards Bermuda this weekend and then start slowing down.

High winds and bad weather continue to disrupt emergency relief efforts for hurricane-hit islands in the Caribbean as local authorities attempt to deliver aid and prevent looting ahead of the second blast from Hurricane Jose.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Southeastern Bahamas.

"You're right at the peak", he said.

Jose strengthens to a Category 3 hurricane
As USA Today reported , Hurricanes Jose and Katia are already on track to hit the southern United States this weekend. The NHC wrote , "Katia dissipates over the terrain of eastern Mexico, but [the] threat for heavy rainfall continues".

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