Hurricane Jose in the open Atlantic, some 1,000 miles (1,610 km) east of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles islands, could become a Category 3 and eventually threaten the USA mainland. So even though there are 3 Atlantic hurricanes right now, Irma remains to be the dominant threat to the USA and something that will obviously be watched closely as we head into the weekend.
Katia is 185 miles (295 km) east of Tampico, Mexico, and has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).
Beginning as Tropical Depression 13, the storm formed Tuesday in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, strengthening into Tropical Storm Katia Wednesday morning.More news: Theresa May urges parliament to back her European Union repeal bill
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Katia is poised to deliver large quantities of rain along the Mexican coast.
Jose could hit some of the same small islands in the northern Lesser Antilles decimated by Irma.
According to meteorologists, it is common for major storms to hit consecutively but rare for more than one to hit the United States in one hurricane season. Latest paths for the storm have it impacting almost the entire state of Florida, and potentially further up the East Coast into the Carolinas. The government has extended the Hurricane Watch northward along the coast to Cabo Rojo. The 79 degree water that hurricanes need went about 250 feet deep, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private forecasting service Weather Underground. It said winds would likely fluctuate slightly, but the storm would remain at Category 4 or 5 strength for the next day or two. 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 miles per hour.