Jose is expected to become a major hurricane by Friday as storm watches are issued for Antigua and Barbuda already devastated by Irma

Thursday, September 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

Hurricane Jose was 715 miles east of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds 90mph Thursday afternoon
Hurricane watches issued for Antigua and Barbuda for Friday, when Jose is expected to turn into a major hurricane
Barbuda has been ravaged by Hurricane Irma, which flattened more than 90 per cent of structures on the island and killed a 2-year-old
Eight people were killed on Saint Martin as a result of Irma
Katia, currently a Category 1 hurricane, was 210 miles east of Mexican port city of Tampico Thursday, blowing maximum sustained winds of 80mph

SNEJANA FARBEROV
DAILYMAIL.COM
7 September 2017

With the deadly Hurricane Irma still wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, the US National Hurricane Center announced today that Jose is expected to gain in strength and intensify into a major hurricane by Friday.

The hurricane is currently located about 715 miles east of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds 90mph, the Miami-based weather forecaster reported on Thursday.

Swells generated by Jose are likely to affect portions of the Leeward Islands by Saturday, the NHC said, adding hurricane watches were issued for the northern portion of the region, including the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, which have been left in shambles as a result of Irma.

The category 5 storm on Wednesday claimed at least 10 lives and devastated the islands of Saint Martin and Anguilla, before continuing on its course towards the Dominican Repbulic, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

Jose is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 6 inches in the Leeward Islands from Dominica to Anguilla.
Isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible in the northern Leeward Islands from Antigua and Barbuda to Anguilla. This rainfall will maintain any ongoing flooding and may cause additional life-threatening flooding.
Swells generated by Jose are likely to affect portions of the Leeward Islands by Saturday.

At the same time, Hurricane Katia wheeled in place off the Mexican Gulf coast on Thursday, but it was expected to gain strength before it approached land by late Friday or early Saturday, the NHC reported.

A Category 1 hurricane, Katia was 210 miles east of the Mexican port city of Tampico, blowing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, and may be close to major hurricane strength by the time it is expected to make landfall this weekend, the NHC said.

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