Jose and Katia strengthen into hurricanes

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

Tropical storm Katia left at least two people dead in Mexico's Gulf Coast state of Veracruz and threatened to inflict more landslides and flooding from heavy rains and overflowing rivers, Governor Miguel Angel Yunes said on Saturday.

Hurricane Jose strengthened from a tropical storm into a hurricane blowing maximum sustained winds near 75 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 6), according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Jose is forecast to turn north and move across the southern Atlantic and not affect the US. It was centered about 1,330 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west at 14 mph.

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The International Space Station flew over both Irma and Jose on Friday morning, capturing the storms in detail. A continued northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days.

The NHC also said, "some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall". Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century and a Category 5, howled past Puerto Rico on Wednesday and is on a collision course with Florida. Mexican emergency services said this week that Katia was worrisome because it is very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks.

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