Katia now third hurricane in tropics; forms in SW Gulf of Mexico

The forecast track of Tropical Storm Jose on Sept. 4 2017. Credit National Hurricane Center  NOAA

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

The already-busy Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) now is watching three hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin - Category 5 Irma; Category 1 José, following behind Irma, and Category 1 Katia in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Irma is not the only show in town. "Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz and eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi", the Hurricane Center warned. Hurricane Katia is about 210 miles east of Tampico, Mexico, and about 190 miles north-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico. Residents in Florida, meanwhile, waited to see whether they'd be evacuated from their homes depending on Irma's path.

"Please allow us to help you seek refuge in shelter, and let people know the priority is to weather the storm (and) seek safe haven", Rossello said.

Major storms can and do form back-to-back and did so previous year with Matthew and Nicole, but having more than one hit the U.S.in a season is rare. "Everyone must listen to their local officials".

It is not unusual for several storms to develop at the same time, but rare for more than one to make landfall in the USA, forecasters say.

Roughly 10 of these smaller islands - such as St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis - were pounded by hurricane conditions.

The island of Anguilla was experiencing "extremely heavy winds and rain", according to the Disaster Management Department and there were reports of flooding, but details were not yet available. The hurricane was moving west northwest at 18 miles per hour. There is also no way to land airplanes on the islands, Browne said from Antigua. Category 5 is the strongest.

Hurricane Jose is gathering strength in the warm waters of the central Atlantic and is heading west in the wake of Irma. It is expected to stay on that course over the next couple of days and gradually strengthen. While it will not have a direct impact on Southeast US unlike Irma, some damage may occur over the Leeward Islands when the storm moves forward.

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