Jose strengthens into hurricane in Atlantic Ocean


The active season is taking a toll on the National Hurricane Center's website.

Tropical storms Jose and Katia strengthened Wednesday afternoon, bringing the number of hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin to three.

Jose is located to the east of Hurricane Irma, which is a powerful and risky Category 5 storm heading toward Antigua and perhaps the United States. Irma, which is now a threat to Florida, was carrying winds of 185 miles per hour, the highest ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to continue to move westward, and then more to the northwest later in the week. The government agency issued a warning that website load times are slow because of heavy traffic.

The 10th tropical storm of the season has officially formed in the Atlantic.

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The NHC did not issue any coastal watches or warnings for Jose, which is now located some 1,505 miles (2,420 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.

Some strengthening of the storm is forecast during the next 48 hours before it reaches the Mexican coast late Friday night, or early Saturday. The storm isn't near land, so no warnings are in effect.

Here's the latest Tracking the Tropics update from WDSU meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy on Irma, Jose and Katia.