Mammoth Hurricane Irma, Jose's scope breathtaking from space

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Katia is now one of three active hurricanes in the Atlantic, as well as Jose and Irma. It weakened as it passed over the rest of Florida and was downgraded to a tropical storm by Monday morning. It is now passing through the southeastern Bahamas, and by Sunday morning, it should be making its way toward southern Florida.

Harvey and Irma both made a USA landfall as Category 4 hurricanes.

This visible light image from NOAA's GOES East satellite shows Hurricane Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on September 8 at 9:15 a.m. EDT (1315 UTC). Irma is moving toward the west near 12 miles per hour, and a turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday.

The centre said Irma made landfall there and has maximum sustained winds of 257 km/h.

Heavy rain will move into south Florida Saturday evening. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite tracked powerful bands of thunderstorms near the storm's center yesterday (Sept. 7), but its eye was not visible. On the other hand, the hurricane is expected to pose no threat to the US after it passes the northern Leeward islands. A turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is forecast tonight through the weekend. At least nine Category 4 or 5 hurricanes have made landfall in Florida since 1898. Some fluctuation in intensity, up or down, could occur during the next day or so.

Hurricane Irma swept along the coast of Cuba on Saturday before turning north to make landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday.

The storm is about 160 miles east-southeast of Tampico, Mexico, and it's some 125 north-northeast of Veracruz, the storm-tracking agency said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says that Tropical Storm Katia is starting to stall over Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains.

As of 11 a.m. ET, Jose had winds of 105 miles per hour, making it a Category 2 storm.

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