Hurricane Jose weakens to Category 2 storm

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Hurricane Irma, which has been called one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, is tearing through the Caribbean islands, bringing 185-mph winds and heavy rain to places like Puerto Rico, the Associated Press reported.

The NHC said as a depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of almost 56 km per hour and should dissipate over the mountains of central eastern Mexico later on Saturday.

Major Hurricane Irma is continuing to move along the islands south of Florida, and local forecasters expect it may lead to swells and rip currents off the North Carolina coast.

Hurricane Katia has formed in the Gulf off the coast of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Before Jose's slight weakening, the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time for the first time on record, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday. "The peak of hurricane season really runs from the middle of August to the middle of October". It has maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and is moving west at 13 miles per hour.

As of 10pm Thursday, Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings were issued for Antigua and Barbuda, while Tropical Storm Watches are in effect for Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitt, Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.

Further strengthening is possible for Katia but it isn't expected to strengthen above a category 1 storm.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Irma is passing over the British Virgin Islands.

The Netherlands' navy said in a tweet on Sunday the situation after Jose passed north of the islands overnight is "better than expected".

The storm, which is now 255 miles northeast of Grand Turk Island in the Caribbean, is already complicating efforts to relieve the devastation brought about by Hurricane Irma.

Packing winds of 185mph, the system battered the tiny island of about 2,000 people before moving towards Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin, where it destroyed major buildings and caused serious flooding. Some of the Leeward Islands, such as Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have either been affected or are expected to be hit by Irma.

Irma, a huge depression that is the size of Texas, has just hit Cuba and heads on the west coast of Florida.

Florida governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida, and a mandatory evacuation has begun in the Keys.

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