Hurricanes Irma and Jose as seen from the International Space Station

Nick Sanchez
September 12, 2017

'I have little doubt Irma will go down as one of the most infamous in Atlantic hurricane history'. The storm could be near a Category 3 hurricane at landfall. Over the last three days, Irma, Jose, and, to a lesser extent, Katia have been working overtime.

Forecasters expect the storm to make landfall this weekend in Mexico.

At least two people were killed after Hurricane Katia crashed into the southern Mexican coast late Friday and early Saturday as a Category 1 storm, authorities said.

Both hurricanes formed after Hurricane Irma - a deadly category 5 storm that has become the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center. A tropical storm watch has also been issued for Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, and St. Eustatius.

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 miles per hour (150 kph) with higher gusts.

Irma generated more Accumulated Cyclone Energy than the first eight named storms of the current Atlantic hurricane season combined.

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Jose is heading for the Caribbean and models then show it veering to the north before Puerto Rico.

On Friday September 8 Hurricane Jose was 335 miles south east of the Northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean and was moving in a north westerly direction. The storm was expected to weaken rapidly over the next day, the NHC said.

Due to a large patch of dry air over Louisiana and Texas, Katia will not move northward into Hurricane Harvey-devastated areas, Accuweather reported. This rainfall will continue the risk of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are offline nearly entirely.

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