A taste of Fall as Irma moves closer to the US

A taste of Fall as Irma moves closer to the US”

The announcement of Hurricane Katia came minutes after the National Hurricane Center revealed Tropical Storm Jose had formed into a category 1 hurricane in the open Atlantic. The last time this occurred was September 16-17, 2010'.

Hurricane Harvey caused much damage to Texas because of the amount of rain it dropped, causing widespread flooding.

"So we're, I think, about two storms above normal by this date in a typical season", said Dr. John Allen, Assistant Professor of Meteorology at Central Michigan University.

Hurricane Jose is still far to the east in the Atlantic.

It also urged the population to stay aware and keep track of information on the Category 5 hurricane, considered the most risky to face Cuba since Gustav in 2008.

Irma slammed into the islands after first making landfall on the island of Barbuda to the south-east, with the French weather office saying: "These islands are suffering major impacts". There are unconfirmed reports of at least one death in local media.

A taste of Fall as Irma moves closer to the US

Video footage taken on the island shows buildings obliterated, palm trees pummelled to the ground and cars stranded in flooded streets as the islands 75,000 residents take shelter.

Meanwhile, NHC meteorologists were closely watching another tropical storm named Katia, which was spawned in the Gulf of Mexico and which was "forecast to become a hurricane".

The storm is expected to hit Puerto Rico and the mainland United States as it continues on its trajectory, with residents in the Florida Keys, the small islands to the south of the state, forced to evacuate already.

Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida over the weekend.

A "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft, the NOAA Lockheed Martin WP-3D Orion, was sent to film the storm on Tuesday and captured the eerie stillness of its eye from inside the system. "It is just total devastation, Barbuda now is literally rubble", Prime Minister Gaston Browne said in the aftermath of the Category Five storm.

In Florida, people in low-lying areas of highly populated Miami-Dade County were urged to move to higher ground in preparation for the storm.

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