But even after Irma runs its course, the threat of tropical cyclone formation in the Atlantic Basin will continue. Gaston Browne, president of Barbuda, told local reporters the destruction caused by the storm was unprecedented. That's because key environmental factors tend to align at that time to fuel especially powerful storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which considers the eight-week period around September 10 a hurricane "season with a season".
- Hurricane Irma's power aside, it's been a while since the Atlantic has been this active.
"On Saturday, it will pass a few hundred kilometres north/northeast of Saint Martin Island and Saint Barthelemy, probably as a Category 2" storm, he said.
3 hurricanes are spinning simultaneously through the Atlantic
Wednesday's mid-day run of the U.S. GFS model suggests that Jose may be absorbed into the remnants of that low and pulled northeastward away from land by next Thursday. Here at home, we do expect to eventually see some of Irma's moisture, but not until the middle of next week - for now, we're dealing with tropical humidity and resultant periodic downpours and thunder as a slow-moving frontal system trudges across the Northeast corridor.
According to meteorologists, it is common for major storms to hit consecutively but rare for more than one to hit the United States in one hurricane season.
Hurricane Jose also became a hurricane today with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.
But a large patch of dry, sinking air over Texas will stop it moving north to Houston, which is still recovering from the disastrous Hurricane Harvey.
The powerful storm is scheduled to make landfall in the vicinity of Miami sometime on Sunday.
The US territory, which has been dealing with a major economic crisis for several years, has been bracing for the impact of Hurricane Irma, as people have emptied shelves of food and water and Governor Ricardo Rosselló has declared a state of emergency. Mexico City could potentially be hit as well, if the storm maintains its strength after landfall. And while it could possibly move to the north, east and south, it will likely move "very little overall", AccuWeather said.
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