Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose

Hurricane Irma as of the 11am Wednesday advisory

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

Hurricane Irma formed late last week in the middle of the Atlantic, and Tropical Storm Jose formed earlier this week not far behind Irma.

We now have three separate hurricanes in the Atlantic basin - Jose and Katia, along with Irma, as Category 1 hurricanes.

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) on September 5, the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near 12.3 degrees north latitude and 39.1 degrees west longitude.

It is feared the storm may strengthen to a potentially devastating category three hurricane, which can bring winds of up to 129mph. 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is stationary with little overall motion expected though late Thursday.

"University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Irma "could easily be the most costly storm in USA history, which is saying a lot considering what just happened two weeks ago" in Texas".

Irma will likely make landfall in Florida or somewhere in the southeast United States by the end of the weekend after carving a path through the Caribbean this week.

At 11 o' clock this morning, it was located near latitude 16.8 north, longitude 58.4 west. Irma is already passing over Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, pelting them with torrential rain, high winds and storm surge.

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

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Guadeloupe, parts of the Dominican Republic, parts of Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Southeastern Bahamas.

Interests elsewhere in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as Cuba, the central and northwestern Bahamas, and Florida have been advised to monitor the progress of Irma.

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