Hurricane Katia strengthens off Mexico

Friday, 08 Sep, 2017

The storm is east of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean.

As of 5 p.m. this afternoon, Jose was moving west at 16 miles per hour, and the National Hurricane Center expects that motion to continue over the next two days. That hurricane, a Category 1 storm, is centered about 195 miles north-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

While it is expected to curve to the north out to sea well before reaching the United States, it could pass very close to the northern Leeward Islands as a major hurricane Saturday.

The NHC this morning advised that interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the future progress of Jose, which could become a hurricane by Friday.

While the Caribbean faces the possibility of being affected by a second major hurricane, Mexico is braced for the arrival of Hurricane Katia.

Jose has strengthened into a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday.

Irma's core slammed Barbuda early Wednesday before moving over St. Martin and Anguilla and parts of the British Virgin Islands. Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 hurricane, and was approaching Grand Turk island early Thursday evening.

Irma is the strongest Atlantic storm outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

The Atlantic basin has three active hurricanes for the first time in seven years.

"University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Irma "could easily be the most costly storm in US history, which is saying a lot considering what just happened two weeks ago" in Texas". Isolated amounts of 10 inches are possible.

Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the NHC's projections showed the hurricane hitting the oil-rich state of Veracruz around the end of the week.