Hurricane Jose has become an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4 storm likely to cause more damage to islands already hit by Irma

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Meteorologists track the storm as moving toward the northern Leeward Islands
The hurricane will make landfall on Saturday and head out to sea by Monday
Jose could bring up to 10 inches of rain, causing more damage after Irma
With winds of 155mph, forecasters fear the storm may reach Category 5 strength
This is the first time on record that the Atlantic Ocean has had two storms with 150-plus mph winds at the same time

9 September 2017

Hurricane Jose strengthened to an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4 storm on Friday with maximum sustained winds of 155mph.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm was 265 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands at a rapid 18mph.

With winds picking up speed quickly, forecasters fear the storm may be on the brink of reaching Category 5 strength.

Jose is expected to pass near or east of the northeastern Leeward Islands on Saturday and is currently threatening several islands that were seriously damaged by Hurricane Irma.

As of Friday morning, a hurricane warning was in effect for the islands of Barbuda and Anguilla, St Martin, and St Barthemy – all islands that were just seriously damaged by Irma.

Barbuda, a tiny Caribbean island of about 1,600 residents, was one of the most severely impacted when the eye of the hurricane passed over it on Wednesday, destroying telecommunication systems and cell towers.

According to Prime Minister Gaston Browne, the storm damaged about 90 percent of the buildings, leaving the nation ‘literally a rubble’.

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