Updates on Hurricane Jose and Katia
Hurricane Jose became a very noteworthy hurricane in September 2017, as noted on wikipedia.com and other news – providing websites, as it is “the first and so far only time in Atlantic history that two active hurricanes simultaneously had recorded wind speeds of at least 150 miles per hour”.
Jose reached a peak on September 8th as a category 4 hurricane but is now downgraded to tropical storm status where winds reach speeds of 39 mph – 73 mph, in accordance with the Saffir – Simpson scale. As it heads northward, a tropical storm warning was posted for coastal areas in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and tropical storm watches were up for parts of New York’s Long Island and Connecticut, according to Fox News, who also reports that sandbags are lining the sidewalks on Nantucket where flooding has become a concern in Massachusetts.
According to the facebook page of Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Jose has been downgraded to a tropical storm overnight. The storm is expected to continue pushing further east away from the coast and is not expected to make landfall.
The New York Times has this to report; “While Hurricane Jose spared the Caribbean, which was ravaged this by Hurricane Irma, it is being followed by Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 hurricane that made landfall on the island of Dominica and is expected to pummel Puerto Rico.”
No word on any fatalities, injuries or damages to homes or property as the storm continues on its path.
September 3rd thunderstorms were present in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and two days later a low pressure area formed, creating Katia. Hurricane Katia drifted slowly eastward, due to the weak steering currents. On the 8th, Katia made landfall north of Tecolutia, Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane. The system dissipated and the remnants travelled through Central America and, upon reaching the Pacific Ocean, it redeveloped into Pacific Storm Hurricane Otis. In Xalapa, two deaths were reported from the mudslides and a third man was swept away in floodwaters.