Hurricane Jose strengthens to a Category 2 storm

This image form the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricanes Irma Katia and Jose around 5 p.m. on Sept. 6 2017

Hurricane Irma, which has been called one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, is tearing through the Caribbean islands, bringing 185-mph winds and heavy rain to places like Puerto Rico, the Associated Press reported. Forecasters predict that by Friday, it will have turned into a Category 3 hurricane.

Hurricane Katia is a Category 1 hurricane that formed off the Gulf of Mexico coast.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has not yet issued any warnings for Katia.

Katia was expected to hit the state of Veracruz by early Saturday.

Additional strengthening is possible over the next few days, as wind shear is expected to relax and it could become a hurricane before making landfall in eastern Mexico by this weekend. According to, the northern Gulf Coast of Mexico is not going to feel many effects of Katia.

As of 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jose was moving west at 16 miles per hour, and the NHC expects that to continue over the next two days.

According to the NHC, Jose is likely to slowly strengthen as it makes its way west through the Atlantic this week.

Katia, which is located in the western Gulf of Mexico, is packing winds of 80 miles per hour, according to an 11 p.m. ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC did not issue any coastal watches or warnings for Jose, which is now located some 1,505 miles (2,420 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.

During peak hurricane season - right now - it's not at all uncommon to see one, two, or in this case, three tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic.

The flights are in addition to regularly scheduled flights Tuesday and Wednesday to Miami.



Other news