Jose strengthens into hurricane in Atlantic Ocean

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

The NHC said Wednesday that Jose poses no immediately threat to land. In an unlikely coincidence, these storms are nearly in the same order and position as Irma, Jose and Katia, and have the same first three letters (I, J, K).

As of 11 a.m. AST, Jose was about 715 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

Jose has 40 miles per hour winds and moving 13 miles per hour west-northwest. Interests in the Leeward Islands have been advised to monitor the progress of Hurricane Jose.

Tropical Storm Katia is over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico about 135 miles east-southeast of Tampico, Mexico, the hurricane center said. Hurricane watches were issued on Thursday for the area. It comes on the heels of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, and Harvey, which devastated the southeastern coast of Texas and parts of Louisiana with days of rain.

At least nine people have been killed so far by category 5 Hurricane Irma after it smashed into the Caribbean with winds of up to 180mph.

The statistical peak of hurricane season is Sept 10. The storm is now over 1,200 miles away from these islands.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Jose as it was consolidating. However, the hurricane is forecast to turn southwestward and approach the coast within the warning area late Friday or early Saturday.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday.

It is eventually expected to become a category 3 hurricane with winds of up to 115mph.

The storm surge for the Turks and Caicos Islands will be between 15 and 20 feet high, literally a wall of water that will be devastating.

"We've got some effects that are probably going to take place on Tuesday", Head said, referencing the current weather models for Irma.

  • Aubrey Nash