Hurricanes Jose and Katia form within minutes of each other

As its wind speeds increase, Hurricane Jose has officially transitioned from a tropical storm to a hurricane.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km).

Meanwhile, Jose is swirling in the Atlantic, located about 925 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

The NHC this morning advised that interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the future progress of Jose, which could become a hurricane by Friday.

The average season produces six hurricanes and three of those become major at 111 miles per hour winds or higher.

Tropical Storm Jose forms in the open Atlantic
A trough of low pressure located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is producing numerous showers and thunderstorms. Jose has formed as Hurricane Irma is surging forward , further to the west in the Atlantic, as a Category 5 storm.

Both had been tropical storms and strengthened into full-fledged hurricanes on Wednesday afternoon.

Irma is the strongest Atlantic storm outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

It's the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have been in the Atlantic. As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said the eye of Irma is passing just north of Puerto Rico. It comes on the heels of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, and Harvey, which devastated the southeastern coast of Texas and parts of Louisiana with days of rain.

Irma will likely make landfall in Florida or somewhere in the southeast United States by the end of the weekend after carving a path through the Caribbean this week. The storm is expected to strengthen during the next 48 hours. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said it's possible a mandatory evacuation may be ordered by Friday.

The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the coast of the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde. The storm is expected to hit Mexico as and when it moves.

  • Darren Santiago