There are now THREE active hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean at this moment – Irma, Katia, and Jose.
The National Hurricane Center today announced that Hurricane Katia has formed in the southwest portion of the Gulf of Mexico. It is a Category 1 hurricane, meaning that it has wind speeds of at least 75 MPH. It is currently moving slowly towards the southeast but is forecast to turn southwest eventually. It is expected to slam the Mexican state of Veracruz.
Also today, the National Hurricane Center has announced that Hurricane Jose formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of the Caribbean. This is an intensification from its tropical storm status that it was named with yesterday. Jose is now a Category 1 hurricane, just like Katia. It is moving west towards North America at 16 MPH.
These two hurricanes are in addition to Hurricane Irma, which has now officially become the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record. Multiple Caribbean islands, such as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, as well as the state of Florida itself are in the path of the Category 5 monster. With winds of 185 MPH, it is extremely dangerous. Its force has shaken the Earth enough to register on seismometers, and storm surges of up to 20 feet above normal tide are expected to slam the coasts. Landfall in Florida is expected by this Saturday or Sunday. Donald Trump has declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
All of this comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey’s mass devastation in the Houston region of Texas, where clean-up has only just begun. Hurricane season is at its peak now in September, so there could conceivably be more storms coming.
All of us at The Resurgent wish everyone in the paths of these hurricanes God’s blessings and protection. Stay safe!