Hurricane Katia forms in Gulf off Mexico’s coast

Jose has strengthened into a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday.

It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour as of the 11 p.m. advisory.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says a tropical storm watch could happen later today for portions of the Mexican state of Veracruz.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Southeastern Bahamas. Neither Jose or Katia pose a threat Northern Gulf/Louisiana.

Jose’s path is not forecast to be as unsafe or destructive as Irma’s, however. 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. Hurricane Katia will make landfall overnight in Mexico, has weakened to a tropical depression and will not affect the US.

Irma formed on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which displaced thousands of residents in Texas. The storm dumped as much as 51.88 inches of rain in some spots and caused at least 60 deaths.

Having three hurricanes active at the same time in the Atlantic Basin is rather rare.

The storm originally made landfall just north of Tecolutla, Mexico Friday night as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds.

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