Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

3 tropical systems strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico

3 tropical systems strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico

Both Katia and Jose were upgraded to hurricanes Wednesday afternoon.

The hurricane, which formed as a tropical storm on Wednesday, was intensifying in the eastern Atlantic, following behind Irma on a similar path.

It is the 11th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

On Sept. 6 at 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible-light image of Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

The initial storm track shows the hurricane is several days away from possibly impacting any land.

Irma is expected to hug the Florida coast, but even if it doesn't make landfall, it could still do lots of damage.

Another one, Hurricane Katia has also been upgraded from a tropical storm and is now in the Gulf of Mexico, about 175 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico and is moving at the speed of 5 miles/hour east-southeastwards.

"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", said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller.

On Wednesday, it slammed the island of Barbuda before hitting St. Martin and Anguilla.

Katia has "worrying characteristics" because it is very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks, Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, told domestic television.

The Category 1 storm is more than 1,000 miles from the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said it's possible a mandatory evacuation may be ordered by Friday.

CNN's Leyla Santiago, in the capital of San Juan, said there were already power outages as strong winds lashed the island and the center of the storm moved just off the northeast coast.

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