Hurricane Jose is moving away from outer Caribbean islands

From quake to hurricane: More fatal casualties in Mexico as shattered country faces Katia

From quake to hurricane: More fatal casualties in Mexico as shattered country faces Katia

With Texas reeling from Harvey, Irma devastating several Caribbean islands, and now Jose being upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane, it's been a rough season for North America.

The U.S. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) had issued storm watches for Jose and Katia earlier in the week, but Irma has posed more of an immediate and serious threat.

STORM SURGE: A risky storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 5 to 7 feet above normal tide levels near and to the north of where Katia makes landfall.

Georgia is bracing for potentially far-flung impacts from Hurricane Irma, which forecasters say could swamp the coast with storm surge near Savannah and topple trees and power lines in Atlanta.

Residents observe the levels of the Tecoluca River, in Mexico's Veracruz state, after Hurricane Katia.

Jose, a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, was about 95 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands around 2 p.m. ET, moving northwest at 14 mph, the center said. Maximum sustained winds were near 35 miles per hour (55 kph) with higher gusts.

The Hurricane Hunters, a specialized team of Air Force Reserve personnel, are on their way to investigate the storm, along with Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose. Conagua is also warning waves of four to six meters in the coasts of Veracruz and the south of Tamaulipas are possible.

The hurricane quickly lost strength after hitting land and was downgraded to a tropical storm.

Katia is still expected to cause chaos and leave 250 millimeters of rain in Veracruz and Puebla, as well as torrential storms in San Luis Potosí and Hidalgo and intense storm conditions in Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco.

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