Hurricane Allen is the only Atlantic hurricane that has clocked faster wind speeds – though three others have tied Irma – and no cyclone that humans have measured anywhere on the planet has ever sustained such speeds for so long.
The presence of two powerful hurricanes simultaneously over the Atlantic Ocean has triggered off the biggest ever mass evacuation in the USA history; it has prompted President Trump to convene a special cabinet meeting to map out a strategy to deal with the impending disaster.
The aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Saint Martin. Irma is moving toward the west near 12 miles per hour, and a turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 miles per hour (150 kph) with higher gusts.
The tropical storm is a category 5 hurricane and has left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean.
Irma is expected to enter the entire Atlantic coast of Florida and Georgia and SC over the weekend and is likely to cause damage. The image showed powerful bands of thunderstorms around the center of circulation but the storm’s eye was not visible.
Across the country, Hurricane Katia was roaring onshore north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds.
The storm will still be at hurricane force Sunday night. While Irma nears Florida, Jose could be at the northeastern Leewards, while Katia is in Mexico.
Hurricane Jose is in the open Atlantic, some 815 miles (1,310 km) east of the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles islands. On the forecast track, the core of Jose will pass close or just east of the northern Leeward Islands.
Category 1 is the agency’s weakest hurricane designation, while Category 5 is the strongest. Some fluctuation in intensity, up or down, could occur during the next day or so. It was expected to weaken quickly on Saturday. Storms of Category 3 and above are defined as major hurricanes.
According to aol.com, as Katia is very slow moving, it is expected to dump a lot of rain in areas that are already saturated, said Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico’s national emergency services. That’s Hurricane Katia, which was making landfall late Friday in Mexico.