Compiled By NAN Editorial Team
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 8. 2017: While the devastation from Hurricane Irma is still being evaluated and even as the storm continues to create havoc, another hurricane is on the same path the category five storm trod. Here are 5 things to note about Hurricane Jose.
1: Hurricane Jose Is a Category Three Hurricane
At 5 a.m. this morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Jose had strengthened to a category three hurricane and was about 535 miles ESE OF THE Northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds as of last night at 120 MPH. On the forecast track, Jose is expected to be near the northern Leeward Islands tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 9th.
2: Many of the same badly damaged islands are under threat again.
Many of the same islands devastated by Irma are now under threat from Jose. This morning a Hurricane Watch was again in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, and Anguilla, St. Barts, Sint Maarten and St. Martin. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
3: Three islands are also under storm warnings
A Tropical Storm Warning was in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, and Anguilla. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
4: Five islands are under a storm watch.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
5: Look for lots of rain and high swells.
Jose is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 6 inches in the Leeward Islands from Dominica to Anguilla. Isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible in the northern Leeward Islands from Antigua and Barbuda to Anguilla. This rainfall will maintain any ongoing flooding and may cause additional life-threatening flooding. Swells generated by Jose are expected to affect portions of the Leeward Islands by late today. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.