Could Katia follow suit with Jose?

As major Hurricane Irma moves closer to the United States, newly-formed Tropical Storm Jose will churn across the central Atlantic while Tropical Depression 13 may strengthen in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico this week. Tropical Storm Jose, which formed on Tuesday morning, is located thousands of miles southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Tropical Depression 13 formed Tuesday afternoon in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. It may strengthen into Tropical Storm Katia and bring enhanced rainfall to eastern Mexico over the next few days.

This projected path would take it near or just north of the Leeward Islands late this week and into the weekend, less than a week after major Hurricane Irma batters the area. The current track of Irma will put Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, in the brunt of the storm’s rain and the wind during this time. Impacts could also be felt across the far northern Windward Islands as well.

“Preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area,” the hurricane center said, calling Irma an “extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a statewide state of emergency on Monday night to ensure “local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared.”

Disruptive winds are forecast to stay north of 95L, allowing it to strengthen slowly and feed off the very warm water over the Bay of Campeche. The next name on the list for the Atlantic hurricane season is Katia.

Updates will be made as they come in for each potential hurricane, as well as updates on Hurricane Irma.

 Regardless of whether or not a tropical depression or storm develops, eastern Mexico will face enhanced rainfall and the threat of localized flooding, according to Miller. Mudslides can occur in the mountainous terrain.

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