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Jose and Katia become hurricanes

Jose and Katia become hurricanes

Katia formed as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday morning, then reached hurricane status by the late afternoon with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

As Tropical Storm Jose was forming in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed its cloud top temperatures.

Incredibly, all three of the active hurricanes in the Atlantic basin could affect land at the same time on Saturday: Irma over the Bahamas (and approaching Florida), Jose over the northeastern Leewards, and Katia in Mexico.

Katia's maximum sustained winds are 75mph (120 km/h), compared with Irma's 185 miles per hour (295 km/h), which makes the latter one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history. Katia is a Category 1, and is expected to make landfall late Friday.

Tropical Storm Jose is close to hurricane strength, with wind speeds near 65 miles per hour.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, and Culebra.

The NHC said, however, that some additional strengthening is forecast within the next 48 hours.

CNN's Leyla Santiago, in the capital of San Juan, said there were already power outages as strong winds lashed the island and the center of the storm moved just off the northeast coast.

At this time, Jose is not expected to follow the same path as Irma. "But the Leeward Islands would end up with another one-two punch ..."

Hurricane Katia (far left) forms as Irma heads west as Jose develops in the bottom right.

- Floridians should heed any evacuation order, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday.


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