Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall this weekend

Tropical Storm Jose expected to become hurricane Tropical Storm Katia Forms In The Gulf Of Mexico
Nicole Thomas | 13 September, 2017, 04:15

With Irma diminishing to a tropical storm, a hurricane-battered nation could soon shift its attention to Hurricane Jose, now meandering around the western Atlantic Ocean roughly 300 miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It then was downgraded to a tropical storm and forecasters expect it to dissipate Saturday.

Although, it was weakened to category 4 in the early hours on Friday, it has regained its strength and has been reclassified as category 5, when it moves towards Florida.

Hurricane Katia is in the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest forecast indicates that Jose could reach the northern Leeward Islands, where Irma first struck, by Saturday.

The centre said Irma made landfall there and has maximum sustained winds of 257 km/h.

Models show a wide range of possibilities, all the way from SC to Newfoundland, or even out to sea.

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The eye of the storm will make landfall Sunday morning.

Irma will not exit Florida until Monday morning. On the other hand, the hurricane is expected to pose no threat to the US after it passes the northern Leeward islands.

Maximum sustained winds are near 150 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some fluctuation in intensity, up or down, could occur during the next day or so. The hurricane is expected to be nearly a Category 3 storm when it makes landfall in Mexico early Saturday.

According to aol.com, as Katia is very slow moving, it is expected to dump a lot of rain in areas that are already saturated, said Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services. The satellite analyzed the storm in infrared light, NASA officials said in a statement today (Sept. 8), and detected powerful storms near its center.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

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