Jose and Katia become hurricanes

National Hurricane Center

It is the 11th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

In its 5 a.m. advisory, the NHC said Jose was located about 815 miles east of the Lesser Antilles with sustained winds up to 90 mph. Jose is trailing due east of Irma, out in the open Atlantic for now and likely following a similar path before veering northward of the Leeward Islands as a Category 3 by Sunday.

All eyes are on Hurricane Irma as it moves toward Florida, but it's not alone.

While the Caribbean faces the possibility of being affected by a second major hurricane, Mexico is braced for the arrival of Hurricane Katia.

Katia has "worrying characteristics" because it is very slow moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks, Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, told domestic television on Wednesday.

Tropical Depression Thirteen has formed in the southwest Gulf of Mexico.

Though it's unusual for three hurricanes to be active in the Atlantic basin at the same time, it's not without precedent. It comes on the heels of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, and Harvey, which devastated the southeastern coast of Texas and parts of Louisiana with days of rain. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is stationary with little overall motion expected though late Thursday.

While Jose is trailing Irma by 1,000-1,500 miles, it is not expected to follow the same track.

- Floridians should heed any evacuation order, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday.

Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the NHC's projections showed the hurricane hitting the oil-rich state of Veracruz around the end of the week.

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