New Tropical Storm Forms Behind Hurricane Irma

There’s been scientific debate over whether global warming means more storms, but the stronger and wetter is generally accepted by scientists.

A hurricane watch was issued for Antigua, Barbuda, Aguilla, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy – numerous same islands devastated by Irma on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

As of the last update from the National Hurricane Center at 10 p.m. CDT Friday, Hurricane Jose was located about 265 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and was moving to the west-northwest at 14 mph.

The storms follow on the heels of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The government of Antigua has issued a tropical storm warning for Antigua, Barbuda, and Anguilla.

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season – the year of Katrina – blew away records with 28 named storms, of which 15 were hurricanes.

The historically powerful Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Caribbean Wednesday, threatening lives and property there while it approaches the Florida coast.

Hurricane Irma is now sweeping through the Caribbean with deadly force as two other storms move in from the Atlantic. There are maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, but higher gusts possible.

Hurricane Irma, which is Category 4, is on track to hit Florida after heading over parts of Cuba and the central Bahamas, according to the agency. It’s then predicted to turn northeast, traveling north of the coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday before turning back into the ocean. Weather forecasters say that although Jose is not expected to make landfall, it will likely add misery to the already devastated island of Barbuda, which was destroyed by Irma this week.

State energy company Pemex [PEMX.UL] has installations in and around the coast of Veracruz but has not reported any disruption to its operations there.

A hurricane warning was out from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde.

The storm is set to strike as the country is still reeling from the aftereffects of the biggest quake to hit Mexico in a century.

Jose and Katia strengthened Wednesday afternoon, bringing the number of hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin to three.

The rains may cause flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas, the NHC said. Texas should stay dry.

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