Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose Expected To Form By Friday, Follow In Irma's Footsteps

As if the speculation over the potential destruction from Hurricane Irma was not enough, which as of this morning has been dubbed the strongest Atlantic Hurricane in NHC records, a new Tropical Storm - Jose - the 10th of the seasons, has formed over the Atlantic, and according to the latest advisory, "Jose could become a hurricane by Friday."

In other words, in a worst case scenario just as Florida struggles to emerge from Irma's potential damage, it could be hit with a second hurricane just days behind it.

From the NHC:

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Jose was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 39.1 West. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h) and a movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

 

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday.

 

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

 

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).