Three powerful hurricanes continue to churn in the tropics

11pm Update:

Three powerful hurricanes are active in the tropics. Two of them are moving toward the U.S. and the remnants from Irma may affect central Indiana weather next week. Here's an update on the hurricanes from the National Hurricane Center...

Irma

The distinct eye of Hurricane Irma was located 565 miles ease-southeast of Miami, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are near 165 mph with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with some decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move between Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands this evening. The core of the hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next day or two.

Jose

The center of Hurricane Jose was located about 635 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph. The hurricane is expected to continue on this heading with a slight decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph with higher gusts. Jose is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is possible during the next 24 to 36 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

Katia

Katia

The center of Hurricane Katia was located about 175 miles north-northeast of Vera Cruz,Mexico. Katia is stationary and little overall motion is anticipated through late today. However, the hurricane is forecast to turn southwestward and approach the Mexican coast late Friday or early Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours and Katia may reach major hurricane strength before making landfall. Katia is a small tropical cyclone. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles.

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