Forecasters Officially Upgrade Tropical Storms Jose And Katia To Hurricanes

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The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storms Jose and Katia to hurricanes Wednesday as Hurricane Irma continues cutting a destructive path toward Florida.

Jose officially became a hurricane after hitting wind speeds of 75 mph. It’s currently about 1,040 miles east of a collection of islands in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center has not issued any coastal watches or warnings, but Jose appears to be following Hurricane Irma’s lead.

Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, slammed several Caribbean islands Wednesday — including areas in Barbuda, St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barts — and has been skirting parts of Puerto Rico, which could be without power for as long as six months. The U.S. Virgin Islands are also experiencing severe weather.

Irma is the largest recorded storm in the Atlantic basin outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 185 mph.

Hurricane season typically begins hitting its stride in early September, so forecasters are expecting the Atlantic to generate even more hurricanes.

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