Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hurricanes Jose, Katia gain strength

Hurricanes Jose, Katia gain strength

Jose is expected to gain strength the next few days and become a hurricane later in the week as it tracks toward the west-northwest. Here at home, we do expect to eventually see some of Irma's moisture, but not until the middle of next week - for now, we're dealing with tropical humidity and resultant periodic downpours and thunder as a slow-moving frontal system trudges across the Northeast corridor.

Jose's projected path would take it near or just north of the Leeward Islands late this week, less than a week after major Hurricane Irma hits the same area, AccuWeather said.

FOX 8 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard says that while it is a risky storm, Hurricane Irma is not "our storm".

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Jose, which formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday, is expected to become a hurricane on Wednesday.

Hurricane Jose in the open Atlantic, some 1,000 miles (1,610 km) east of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles islands, could become a Category 3 and eventually threaten the USA mainland.

These warm ocean waters help to feed and grow tropical storms and hurricanes.

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Hurricane Katia continues in southwestern Gulf

Katia is 185 miles (295 km) east of Tampico, Mexico, and has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

The flurry of storm activity comes after Hurricane Harvey claimed about 60 lives and caused property damage estimated as high as $180 billion after pummeling the coasts of Texas and Louisiana with torrential rain and severe flooding. It is moving east-southeast at 2 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said Katia, with sustained winds near 40 mph, is moving toward the east, southeast at two miles per hour and should gradually turn southeastward during the next 24 hours and continue moving in this general direction through Thursday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Jose poses no immediate threat to land.

The season will end on November 30.

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