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Tropical storm Jose in Atlantic upgraded to hurricane

08 September 2017

Tropical Storm Jose continues to strengthen gradually and is now expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday night.

Five days of rain are forecast for most of Mexico's territory due to the effects of storms in the region including Katia, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose, said Luis Felipe Puente, the head of Mexico's national emergency services.

There is no doubt that Hurricane Irma remains the biggest threat of the three named storms; there is a possibility that Jose may not make landfall, while Katia remains relatively localized.

Katia's maximum sustained winds are at 45 miles per hour now, but it's expected to get stronger, and could even strengthen into a Hurricane in a couple of days, forecasters said.

Tropical Depression Thirteen is not expected to move much over the next few days.

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

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It is expected to make landfall on Saturday morning, when it is forecast to become a major hurricane, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Also yesterday, the National Weather Service said Hurricane Katia formed in the Gulf off the coast of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Hurricane watches were issued on Thursday for the area.

Irma is still the storm with the potential to cause the most impact-Jose may not hit land and Katia is relatively stationary.

There is a reason September is known as the heart of hurricane season. Residents in the path of the storm are urged by authorities to comply with local evacuation orders and properly secure their homes and businesses when possible.

Maximum sustained winds are near 80 miles per hour (130 kph) with higher gusts. Tropical Storm Katia formed early Wednesday off the coast of Mexico.

Katia has triggered a hurricane warning in parts of Mexico, from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde, and a tropical storm warning is in place north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Tropical storm Jose in Atlantic upgraded to hurricane