Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose

Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose

Tropical triple threat: Irma followed by Hurricanes Katia & Jose

Jose could become a Category 2 hurricane as it nears the northeastern Caribbean islands by the end of this week, reported ABC News, adding there is no threat to the US or Puerto Rico at this time.

Katia, a Category 1 hurricane as of Wednesday evening, is in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in Mexico late Friday or early Saturday.

A house affected by hurricane Katia is seen in Tecolutla, state of Veracruz, Mexico, Sept. 9, 2017.

Closer to home, almost stationary Hurricane Katia in the Bay of Campeche will likely travel southwestward through Friday making landfall Friday night between Tampico and Veracruz Mexico.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Areas of Mexico to the north of Cabo Rojo and to the south of Laguna Verde are under a tropical-storm warning. The storm is far away from any land mass, and is 1,500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

After Hurricane Harvey's damage's estimated approaching the 100 billion dollar range, Irma has the potential to match or exceed those estimates.

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Forecasters said last month the Atlantic hurricane season would be "above-normal", with 14 to 19 named storms ahead of the peak season.

It's following a track close to Irma, though its path is predicted to shift east of the current Category 5 storm that's packing 185 miles per hour sustained winds as it whips through the Caribbean.

With the three hurricanes on the map simultaneously, all eyes are on Irma, which is expected to bring a 20-foot storm surge and 20 inches of rain. Tropical storm Katia has the potential to become a hurricane in the coming days, according to preliminary weather reports.

Just as Jose was upgraded to a hurricane Wednesday afternoon, so was Katia. President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico due to Irma.

This ominous development - three active hurricanes in the Atlantic at the same time - hasn't occurred since September 2010. But Irma and Jose are another case.

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