New storm forms, may turn hurricane by Friday

Hurricane Jose, which formed well east of Hurricane Irma, is expected to strengthen over the next few days and attain major hurricane status sometime this weekend. Irma's max sustained winds are reaching 185 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center, and the storm is expected to reach Florida on Sunday.

It added that a movement towards the west or west-north-west at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days. While Harvey moved north, bringing its destruction to Texas, projections are that Katia sticking close to Mexico, making landfall on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The US National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Jose is gaining strength in the central tropical Atlantic.

The NHC has not yet issued a hurricane warning or watch for Katia but could issue one for parts of Veracruz later today. It is the 11th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

US President Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands ahead of Hurricane Irma, while authorities in the Bahamas said they would evacuate six southern islands.

-Tropical Storm Katia has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

While the Caribbean faces the possibility of being affected by a second major hurricane, Mexico is braced for the arrival of Hurricane Katia.

The Category 1 storm is more than 1,000 miles from the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Jose as it was consolidating.

"The northern Leeward Islands are at risk of contending with enhanced showers and tropical-storm-force conditions this weekend, which could hinder Irma recovery efforts", Rob Miller, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Rob Miller said.

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

  • Sylvester Abbott