For the first time in seven years, three hurricanes are spinning simultaneously through the Atlantic basin
Hurricane Katia is the furthest west of the ‘canes, and was strengthening early Thursday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, where it’s expected to hover, battering Mexico.
East of Katia, Hurricane Irma was rampaging through the Caribbean while Hurricane Jose was furthest east, out in the open Atlantic Ocean, where it is not expected to cause much damage.
CNN Weather reported that it is the first time since 2010 that three hurricanes are active in the Atlantic.
Yet another hurricane is picking up strength in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Jose is a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained wind gusts near 85 mph. For the first time since 2010, there are three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean: Irma, Katia, and Jose.
Hurricane Jose graduated from tropical storm status Wednesday afternoon when sustained winds picked up to 75 mph. The storm is expected to pick up even more within the next 48 hours.
Jose is officially the 10th named storm of hurricane season, followed by Katia who comes in at #11.
Jose is not expected to travel in the same direction as Hurricane Irma. However, Jose is expected to pick up even more speed and strength. According to WCVB, Jose is expected to graduate from Category 1 status all the way up to a Category 3 heavyweight, with winds predicted to be up to 115 mph.
The hurricane is currently moving at a speed of 13 mph. Jose is expected to move westward this week, and may move near or north of the Leeward Islands. The storm is currently over 1,200 miles away from these islands. But the storm’s path sees it passing by the islands, particularly the northern portion.
“The northern Leeward Islands are at risk of contending with enhanced showers and tropical-storm-force conditions this weekend, which could hinder Irma recovery efforts,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said.
There have been no coastal watches or warnings issued for Hurricane Jose so far.
Here’s a look at Hurricane Jose positioned next the two other hurricanes swirling through the Atlantic.