Hurricane Irma forces millions to evacuate

Hurricane Irma forces millions to evacuate

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

Hurricane Jose is gathering strength in the warm waters of the central Atlantic and is heading west in the wake of Irma. Irma is about 300 miles from Miami and moving about 13 mph toward the west.

The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as "an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or higher".

According to the US-based National Hurricane Centre, additional strengthening is expected, and Jose could be approaching major hurricane strength on Friday.

As its wind speeds increase, Hurricane Jose has officially transitioned from a tropical storm to a hurricane.

And Katia formed in the Gulf of Mexico off of the coast of Mexico, near where Hurricane Harvey had formed.

Meanwhile, Jose is swirling in the Atlantic, located about 925 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

Here is a look at the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

State oil and gas company Pemex has installations in and around the coast of Veracruz, but the firm has not reported any interruptions to its operations. This is the first time that three hurricanes have the potential to make landfall at the same time.

So it's been seven years since it last happened, when hurricanes Igor, Julia, and Karl appeared simultaneously in the Atlantic in 2010. In 2012, "superstorm" Sandy was technically no longer a hurricane when it hit the East Coast, but it still proved devastating to the NY and New Jersey coasts.

The Category 5 hurricane hit the Caribbean island of Barbuda on Wednesday and then made landfall on the islands of St. Martin and St Barthélemy before moving on to the Virgin Islands.

Officials in Veracruz say Katia could cause landslides and flooding.

Forecasters expect Jose to become a hurricane by 8 am ET Thursday, though it will still be far at sea.

With all eyes fixed on the Atlantic basin, the greatest concern still lies with Irma.

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