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There are now three hurricanes to worry about in the Atlantic

There are now three hurricanes to worry about in the Atlantic


Irma, Katia, and Jose

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Hurricane Irma Barrels Into Puerto Rico
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As Texas deals with the fallout from Harvey and the Caribbean braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma, two more hurricanes continue to grow in the Atlantic. The storms are being fueled by warm waters in the Atlantic, which intensifies the hurricanes by providing more energy.

Hurricane Katia is forming in the Gulf of Mexico with winds of 75 miles per hour, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has put out a hurricane warning for the Mexican state of Veracruz. It’s relatively localized, though, and is moving southeast at only 3 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Jose has just been upgraded to a hurricane, making it the tenth named hurricane in the Atlantic this season. It’s a little faster than Katia and is moving west at about 16 miles per hour with winds of 75 miles per hour, according to updates from NOAA. The good news is that Jose may not make landfall and the National Hurricane Center has not put out any warnings yet.

By far the biggest storm risk remains Irma. Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, is approaching Puerto Rico and the Bahamas after making landfall in the islands of St. Martin and St Barthélemy. It could reach Florida by early next week.