Triple Threat: Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia Visible from Space

Triple Threat: Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia Visible from Space”

The powerful Hurricane Jose was moving away from the northern Leeward Islands on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, giving some relief to the Caribbean archipelago battered by the massive storm Irma earlier this week.

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

"The wind and air patterns in the area of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean, where many storms develop, are very conducive to an above-normal season", Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, told CNN last month.

Irma's powerful center could pass just north of Puerto Rico - a United States territory of about 3.4 million people - on Wednesday afternoon and night, threatening heavy rain and risky coastal storm surges, forecasters said.

As of Wednesday morning Tropical Storm Katia was located about 135 miles east-southeast of Tampico, Mexico, on Mexico's Gulf coast.

He added that more rain in the wake of Hurricane Franklin, which hit Veracruz in early August, will soften the ground - increasing the possibility of landslides.

Jose has winds of 75 miles per hour and is quickly strengthening, but poses no immediate threat to land.

It is the first time three active hurricanes have formed at the same time in the Atlantic region since 2010, according to meteorologists.

The next update on Tropical Storm Jose will be issued at 5 p.m.

The NHC says the storm could become a major hurricane.

In preparation for the storm's potential landfall, Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency and summoned all 7,000 of the state's National Guards to standby Friday for assistance. The storm damaged about 95% of the buildings on the island, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said.

The trio of storms closely follow the deadly onslaught by Hurricane Harvey, which drenched the US Gulf Coast with historic rainfall and triggered widespread flooding. Ten to 15 inches of rain is expected now, but some isolated amounts are said to potentially hit 25 inches.

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