For the first time since 2010, the Atlantic has three active hurricanes, two of which are expected to make landfall this weekend.
All eyes are on Hurricane Irma as she continues to devastate everything in her path. The Category 4 hurricane ripped over numerous Caribbean Islands as a Category 5 already this week as she carries forward toward Florida.
While Irma was destroying islands, both Jose and Katia storms strengthened to hurricane status, bringing the number to three for the Atlantic basin. Weather forecasters say that although Jose is not expected to make landfall, it will likely add misery to the already devastated island of Barbuda, which was destroyed by Irma this week.
Yesterday, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for Antigua and Barbuda, exactly 24 hours after warnings expired for Irma. This means hurricane conditions are possible yet again for the region within 48 hours of the warning. Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, said that a mandatory evacuation may be ordered today.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Jose, which is a Cape Verde hurricane like Irma, remains a Category 3 over the open Atlantic with no anticipated landfall but is expected to skirt the northern Leeward Islands possibly dumping another 10 inches of rain to the already drenched region.
Hurricane Katia remains a Category 1, forming not far from where Harvey gained his strength two weeks before. While Harvey moved north, Katia is expected to stay within the area, hitting Mexico’s east coast sometime tonight.