Hurricane Katia likely to intensify by landfall in Mexico: NHC

Graphic courtesy of the National Hurricane Center

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.

The NHC said Jose "continues intensifying over the Central Atlantic it travels west-northwest at 18 miles per hour and this general motion continuing for the next couple of days".

Hurricane Jose will likely become a hurricane before the end of the week, but it's most likely to stay in the middle of the Atlantic, far from land, and Hurricane Katia will landfall in Central Mexico at the start of the weekend.

The exact track of Jose is still somewhat in question, and there is a chance it could escape to the east of the already battered islands.

Irma's powerful center could pass just north of Puerto Rico - a USA territory of about 3.4 million people - on Wednesday afternoon and night, threatening heavy rain and risky coastal storm surges, forecasters said.

Hurricanes Jose and Katia formed in the Atlantic basin Wednesday evening. 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. However, interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the future progress of Jose.

Tropical Storm Jose has formed over the open Atlantic - the 10th tropical storm for the season, says the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

At 11 o' clock this morning, it was located near latitude 16.8 north, longitude 58.4 west.

Major storms can and do form back-to-back and did so a year ago with Matthew and Nicole, but having more than one hit the U.S.in a season is rare.

Jose could hit some of the same small islands in the northern Lesser Antilles decimated by Irma.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for parts of the Dominican Republic and parts of Haiti.

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