3 tropical systems strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico

Posted September 07, 2017

Tropical Storm Katia became the third named storm now in the Atlantic on Wednesday, joining Irma and Jose.

Katia formed in the early morning in the southern Gulf of Mexico and by evening had strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane.

Jose has winds of 75 mile per hour at 5:00 p.m., and is moving West Northwest at 16 miles per hour.

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The NHC said that tropical storm Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico had also become a Category One hurricane. According to reports, this tropical storm had winds of 40 mph and was 105 miles east of Tampico, Mexico. The center of Katia is expected to remain off the shore of Mexico through Friday morning.

It said a hurricane watch was in effect for the coast of the Mexican state of Veracruz where heavy rainfall could be expected.

Katia is the third hurricane to form over the last few days in the tropical Atlantic. Isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible in northern Veracruz.

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The Atlantic basin now has three hurricane-strength storms at once.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, is expected to pass north of Puerto Rico Thursday morning, through the Bahamas on Friday and into South Florida on Sunday.

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