Jose Expected to Become a Major Hurricane by Friday

Hurricane Katia forms in Gulf off Mexico's coast

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Jose has grown into a Category 2 storm, and it threatens some of the same islands ravaged just days ago by Hurricane Irma. The storm's center is located about 125 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico, and is moving southwest at 7 mph. According to the Post, that storm is expected to make landfall in the Mexican state of Veracruz this weekend, and is expected to bring "enhanced" rain to parts of Mexico, AccuWeather reported.

Storm tired residents of the Caribbean got some more bad news Thursday after the National Hurricane Center said that Tropical Storm Jose is expected to become a major hurricane by Friday.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, said this week that Katia has "worrying characteristics" because it is very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks.

Katia peaked as a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 miles per hour earlier Friday but was a minimal hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds as it was coming ashore.

Major hurricane conditions can be expected from the Keys through a good part of the southern to central Florida with the system, and will likely continue northward through the rest of the peninsula into Georgia and SC as a lesser, but nonetheless a unsafe storm.

Texas and Louisiana are still reeling from the flooding and destruction left by Hurricane Harvey at the end of August.

Katia remained about 175 miles north of Veracruz Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it winds of up to 45 mph.

Hurricanes Jose and Katia are both getting stronger. Forecasters expect the hurricane to weaken quickly over the next 24 hours. Jose is the 10th named storm of the season.

Dangerous Hurricane Katia is threatening to unleash destructive waves, deadly deluges and powerful winds as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico.

The last time this occurred was in 2010 with Hurricanes Igor, Julia and Karl. Storms of Category 3 and above are defined as major hurricanes. At this time, Jose is not expected to follow the same path as Irma.



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