Hurricane Irma followed by Jose and Katia in rare Atlantic trio

Three Hurricanes March Across Atlantic at Once

Three Hurricanes March Across Atlantic at Once

Hurricane Jose forms in the Atlantic, far from land and well east of the powerful Hurricane Irma.

For the first time in modern history, three hurricanes in the Atlantic are lined up in the most unsafe of ways, according to Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center.

Jose is still in the Atlantic, about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at about 15 to 20 miles per hour, The Weather Channel reported. The storm is moving at 14 mph with 150 mph sustained winds and gusts up to 180 mph.

According to the US-based National Hurricane Centre, additional strengthening is expected, and Jose could be approaching major hurricane strength on Friday.

The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the coast of the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde.

It made landfall near beach resort of Tecolutla in Veracruz. And the stronger an Atlantic hurricane is, the more prone it is to curve to the right of motion due to the asymmetry that arises in the wind patterns. The hurricane center said that it now expects Katia to become a hurricane before landfall.

According to the 10 a.m. update, Katia was 160 miles southeast of Tampico, Mexico, and 125 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

Jose will continue to move to the west and could come close to the Leeward Islands, which were battered by Hurricane Irma earlier Wednesday. A hurricane watch has been issued for the state of Veracruz in Mexico as the storm and its 75 miles per hour winds move in on Thursday.

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Current models show the weakening Irma stalling out over Tennessee and Kentucky by Tuesday when the furthest arm of the storm brings rains and the potential for some gusty winds to south-central Pennsylvania.