- CIRA/RAMMB; GOES-16/NOAA
Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 hurricane, is following Hurricane Irma through the Caribbean, but has started to veer north.
As of Sunday morning, Jose’s maximum sustained wind speed is 130 mph. It’s located about 300 miles northwest of the Northern Leeward Islands, a collection of islands in the Caribbean Sea, moving northwest at 16 mph.
Earlier, hurricane warnings were in effect for St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. Both of those islands were already devastated by Hurricane Irma, which first made landfall early Wednesday. Estimates suggest that roughly 95% of the buildings in St. Martin have been destroyed. Those warning have been canceled.
Luckily, the storm seems to be veering north, so its center will likely miss the islands of Barbuda and Anguilla, which are both still reeling from destruction caused by Irma.
- National Hurricane Center
Although forecasters are watching Jose, Irma remains the most pressing concern, since the Category 4 storm has started to hit Florida. Many parts of Florida, including the Keys and parts of the Miami area, have been been evacuated.
Meanwhile, the US is still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on August 25 and severely flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana. The storm dumped as much as 51.88 inches of rain in some spots and caused at least 60 deaths.
The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is around September 10, so it’s not uncommon for storms to form during this time of year. However, 2017 has been an unusually active year for hurricanes.
Another hurricane, Katia, hit Mexico on Friday night, but has since weakened. Katia was the season’s sixth hurricane, though we don’t typically see the fourth until around September 21.