Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 2 storm in Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 2 storm in Gulf of Mexico

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.

Hurricane Jose is now hovering over the Atlantic Ocean about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, according to The Weather Channel.

Dangerous Hurricane Katia is threatening to unleash destructive waves, deadly deluges and powerful winds as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and Dominica, as well as the Dominican Republic from south of Cabo Engao to Isla Saona and for Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince.

According to meteorologists, it is common for major storms to hit consecutively but rare for more than one to hit the USA in one hurricane season. The agency said Jose is expected to become "a major hurricane" on Friday.

The storm is east of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Jose is moving away from outer Caribbean islands
As a Category 5 hurricane, the rare top end of the scale of hurricane intensity, it killed almost 40 people in the Caribbean. Since the storm passed through the region, killing 24 people in Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands , St.

The closest land mass Jose will approach is the northern Leeward Islands, the same ones Irma just devastated.

"We are expecting the hurricane to hit on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday", Veracruz governor Miguel Angel Yunes told Radio Formula.

And while Irma's 185 mph hour sustained winds have remained constant for almost 24 hours, the other two hurricanes have only recently passed the 75 mph threshold to achieve their new designation. The storm reportedly cut off all power in Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, but no deaths have been reported thus far.

The NHC has not yet issued a hurricane warning or watch for Katia but could issue one for parts of Veracruz later today. While it occurs in the Pacific, El Niño has global impact, including increased wind shear across the tropical Atlantic, which creates hostile conditions for tropical storm development.

A similar outlook was issued by Colorado State University, which predicted 16 named storms for the season, including eight hurricanes and three major ones, with winds of 111 miles per hour or stronger. The latest is category 5 Irma, which hit several Caribbean islands on Wednesday, laying waste to homes, communities and claiming lives.

"This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast", said Evan Myers, AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist and chief operating officer.

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