Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

There Are Now Officially Three Hurricanes Churning in the Atlantic

There Are Now Officially Three Hurricanes Churning in the Atlantic

As powerful Hurricane Irma tears across the Caribbean towards Florida, a new tropical storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and is threatening to become a hurricane, U.S. weather monitors said. Current projections show it moving up the Atlantic, north of the Caribbean islands, becoming a Category 3 or more storm.

Katia is off the coast of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph). Hurricane Katia formed in the southwestern area of the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to hit Mexico's coast by Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

As of its 5 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Katia was 225 miles east of Tampico, Mexico, and 195 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

Mexican authorities are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Katia, which could affect over a million people as it rumbles towards the state of Veracruz from the Gulf of Mexico. It was shortly followed by a sixth, Hurricane Katia, which now hovers around the Southern Gulf of Mexico.

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Katia made landfall as a hurricane late Friday (Sept. 8) north of Tecolutla, the National Hurricane Center said.

The center previously said Jose had sustained wind speeds of 60 miles per hour, but recently became "a little bit stronger" - with winds reaching 150 miles per hour as of Friday morning.

Conditions are very favourable for the storm system - named Tropical Storm Jose - to intensify to a hurricane as it travels westward. It's also expected to shift its track from a westward direction to a west-northwest one.

As Hurricane Irma continues to approach the Southeastern seaboard, two other hurricanes, Katia and Jose, have begun forming in the mid-Atlantic.

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As Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc in the Caribbean, it looks like Hurricane Jose is threatening to take the same path as the Category 5 storm.

Jose is not expected to travel in the same direction as Hurricane Irma.

It marks the first time since 2010 there have been a trio of hurricanes around the Atlantic region at the same time.

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