Irma, Katia, and Jose – Tracking The Tropics
The peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season is officially September 10th. We are running ahead of schedule with three named systems currently churning in the tropical Atlantic. Here's what you need to know.
Irma- Is one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever form in the Atlantic Basin. The 4 AM advisory had the center of the storm basically on top of the island of Barbuda. The maximum sustained winds 185 mph. The track of the storm will bring it very near the coast of South Florida on Sunday.
Katia- Tropical Storm Katia was just given tropical storm status this morning. It is in the Bay of Campeche. A tropical storm in that part of the Gulf of Mexico would normally be a grave concern for Louisiana. Katia is not. The cold front that is bringing cooler temperatures to the area should push Katia back into Mexico over the next few days.
Jose- Is a tropical storm that is expected to become a hurricane as early as today. It is in the open waters of the Atlantic. Tropical forecast models do not suggest that Jose will affect any land mass. That is a good thing.