Tropical storms Jose, Katia become Category 1 hurricanes

Tropical Storm Jose Becomes the 10th Named Storm of the Hurricane Season

Hurricanes Jose and Katia formed in the Atlantic basin Wednesday evening.

Hurricane Jose officially became a major hurricane Thursday evening as the National Hurricane Center said the hurricane had top winds at 120 miles per hour.

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) on September 5, the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near 12.3 degrees north latitude and 39.1 degrees west longitude.

Katia, a Category 1 hurricane, was 195 miles (314 km) east of the port of Tampico, blowing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (121 km per hour), the Miami-based NHC said.

The storm is forecast to produce up to 10 inches of rain, with the possibility of 15 inches in northern Veracruz, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Katia wheeled in place off the Mexican Gulf coast on Thursday, but it was expected to gain strength before it approached land by late Friday or early Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The NHC has not yet issued a hurricane warning or watch for Katia but could issue one for parts of Veracruz later today.

As of 5 p.m. ET, Jose was out over the open Atlantic, not far from where Irma was a couple of days ago. If Irma's center marches north directly over Florida's eastern coastline, former hurricane hunter Jeff Masters says high winds and storm surges could turn the Gold Coast to the Mud Coast.

Irma is the strongest Atlantic storm outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

Jose is not expected to travel in the same direction as Hurricane Irma.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis and Saba and St. Eustatius, according to the hurricane center.

Irma is now tracking over Puerto Rico, after having passed over Caribbean islands.

Tropical Storm Emily made landfall in the Anna Maria Island area and is making its way across the Sunshine State.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

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