Hurricane Jose and Katia forms in the Atlantic Basin

This image form the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricanes Irma Katia and Jose around 5 p.m. on Sept. 6 2017

The storm was named on Tuesday, and became a hurricane Wednesday afternoon when its winds hit 75 miles per hour.

Hurricane Katia (far left) forms as Irma heads west as Jose develops in the bottom right. Tropical Storm Katia formed early Wednesday off the coast of Mexico.

Jose's maximum sustained winds are near 85 miles per hour with stronger gusts.

Additional strengthening is forecast, and Jose could be near major hurricane (wind speed greater than 110 mph) strength on Friday. Unlike Harvey, which moved to the north and strengthened rapidly, Katia is expected to stick close to Mexico. Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are.

Water and communication on the island have been cut off, Browne said. He and his family were taking shelter in a bathroom; he said he was bracing his body against the door in an attempt to keep it shut.

The Stormtracker 12 team will be tracking Hurricane Irma very closely. Jose is expected to move westward this week, and may move near or north of the Leeward Islands. However, interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the future progress of Jose.




It's likely that all other older buildings there have at least been damaged, he said. One, Guadeloupe, has about 405,000 residents.

CBS News' Tony Dokoupil reports from San Juan that hotels in Puerto Rico's capital had folded up their operations and stores were boarded up or completely stripped clean of supplies in anticipation of the storm's wrath.

- In the US Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp ordered a 36-hour curfew that started at 6 a.m. local time Wednesday.

Katia is anticipated to drift toward the coast on Thursday.

The potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm made landfall in the Caribbean early Wednesday morning. Areas in the southern part of the state, including the Florida Keys and Miami, are already being evacuated.

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