Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 3

Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 3

Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 3

These warm ocean waters help to feed and grow tropical storms and hurricanes.

At 11 p.m. ET, Jose was packing 50 miles per hour winds and was moving west at 14 miles per hour.

After strengthening quickly throughout the day, the intensity of Jose appears to have leveled off, the National Hurricane Center said late Thursday.

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, made landfall in Cuba on Friday as a Category 5 storm. So even though there are 3 Atlantic hurricanes right now, Irma remains to be the dominant threat to the USA and something that will obviously be watched closely as we head into the weekend.

Mexican authorities are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Katia, which could affect over a million people as it rumbles towards the state of Veracruz from the Gulf of Mexico. As Jose nears, watches and warnings are in effect for several islands in the Lesser Antilles including St. Martin and Barbuda, which were devastated by Hurricane Irma earlier this week.

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Hurricanes Jose and Katia are both getting stronger.

The hurricane earlier Wednesday battered a string of northern Caribbean island nations, situated east of the more populous Virgin Islands group and Puerto Rico.

Forecasters have predicted damaging winds, drenching rains and a risky storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico.

Though it's unusual for three hurricanes to be active in the Atlantic basin at the same time, it's not without precedent.

This is the first time on record that the Atlantic has had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said.

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