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Tropical Storm Jose forms behind Irma; could be hurricane by Friday

Tropical Storm Jose forms behind Irma; could be hurricane by Friday”

Jose's proximity to Irma could actually be beneficial though, as the outflow of winds from the hurricane could rip apart some of tropical storm in a process known as shearing, which keeps storms from intensifying.

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.

Now its maximum winds are 85mph but it is expected to strengthen as it heads northwest during the next 48 hours.

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The northern Leeward Islands were expected to see waves as high as 11ft, while the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas could see towering 20ft waves later in the week, forecasters said. While Harvey moved north, bringing its destruction to Texas, projections are that Katia sticking close to Mexico, making landfall on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

There have been no coastal watches or warnings issued for Hurricane Jose so far. So far we have had 11 named storms.

It is moving over the central tropical Atlantic Ocean, about 1,135 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

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While Jose has the potential to become a major hurricane, it's not expected to take as destructive a path as Irma. The event's time and location are to be announced, the page says, depending upon where the storm makes land on the continental U.S.

Tropical Depression 13 is trying to organize into a tropical storm off the coast of Mexico. Irma is already passing over Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, pelting them with torrential rain, high winds and storm surge.

The powerful storm hit the Caribbean with record force Wednesday and is packing winds of 185 sustained with gusts as high as 225 miles per hour.

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The statistical peak of hurricane season is Sept 10.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday. Current forecasts show the storm impacting the Carolinas after it blows past Florida.

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