Tropical Storm Jose forms behind Irma in Atlantic

Aaron Brown
September 5, 2017

Both islands are part of the northern Leeward Islands, and are under a hurricane warning as Irma approaches the region.

The increase to 175 miles per hour winds makes Irma the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007, according to Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach.

On the heels of Hurricane Irma, which reached Category 5 strength on Tuesday morning, Tropical Jose formed.

However, Jose is coming behind Hurricane Irma, a risky Category 5 hurricane that the National Hurricane Center is calling "potentially catastrophic".

Jose is moving west-northwest at about 13 miles per hour and is expected to speed up in the next two days.

Tropical Storm Jose looms right behind Hurricane Irma

Jose is the 10th tropical storm of the season so far.

Irma continues to gain strength, and Tuesday morning, was upgraded Category 5 hurricane with winds now to 175 miles per hour. It's still unclear how Irma will affect the United States, though Florida is bracing for a possible hit.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma's path - potentially impacting millions of Floridians.

According to the NHC's new product that estimates when damaging winds may begin, Monroe through Palm Beach counties had between a 30 to 60 percent chance of feeling tropical storm-force winds beginning late Friday.

Invest 95L is generating a wide area of rain and storms, and a tropical depression could form in the next day or two, forecasters said.

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