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Jose now Category 2 hurricane, following Irma's track

Hurricane Jose forms in Atlantic, Hurricane Katia in Gulf simultaneously

National Hurricane Center maps showing Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic on Sept. 7, 2017.
National Hurricane Center maps showing Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic on Sept. 7, 2017. (NHC)


ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Jose has grown into a Category 2 storm, and it threatens some of the same islands ravaged just days ago by Hurricane Irma.

Jose was about 660 miles east of the Lesser Antilles early Thursday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

It was heading to the west-northwest at 18 mph.

The Hurricane Center says a hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, which is already trying to recover from Category 5 Irma.

Now Jose could approach those islands on Saturday.

Minutes after the Hurricane Center announced Jose, NHC officials said Hurricane Katia has formed in the Gulf off the coast of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 mph. The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the coast of the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde.

Katia is anticipated to drift toward the coast on Thursday.