Jose now a major hurricane

Storm Katia builds in Caribbean as Irma strikes

Closer to home, almost stationary Hurricane Katia in the Bay of Campeche will likely travel southwestward through Friday making landfall Friday night between Tampico and Veracruz Mexico.

According to meteorologists the last time there were three active hurricanes in the Atlantic at the same time was September 2010.

Hurricane scientists say they've "never seen anything like this in the modern record". The latest two cyclones, Jose and Katia, are now the 10th and 11th storms to be named in the Atlantic in 2017, and there are still eight tortuous weeks left in the official hurricane season.

And more than 120 homes were being evacuated early Monday in Orange County, the region where the city of Orlando is located, as floodwaters started to rise.

The storm made landfall Friday night north of Tecolutla, Mexico.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, said this week that 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.

Katia is a much smaller storm than Hurricane Irma, which is causing devastation in the Caribbean and is expected to arrive in Florida this weekend.

Hurricane Irma is proving so risky because of its size and intensity. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Saba and St. Eustatius are also under a Tropical Storm Watch.

Katia was downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane when it was about 115 miles (185 km) northwest of Veracruz with sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km/h), the centre said in an advisory.

The closest land mass Jose will approach is the northern Leeward Islands, the same ones Irma just devastated. Hurricane watches have now been issued for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

The category five hurricane is expected to make landfall in southern Florida on Sunday, bringing devastating 290kph winds, before it eases back to a category four. Nothing too severe yet, but nothing to trifle with either.

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