Already devastated by Hurricane Irma, Caribbean islands are now bracing for the back end of a deadly double-whammy, as powerful Hurricane Jose prepares to make landfall.
The unrelenting pummeling of the Caribbean was set to continue this weekend as Category 4 Jose followed a similar path to Irma, the National Hurricane Center said. According to the NHC’s 8 p.m. advisory, Jose was roughly 305 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands — which Irma already hit earlier this week — barreling in at 17 mph with 150 mph sustained winds.
A hurricane warning was in effect for the islands of Barbuda and Anguilla, Sint Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
A hurricane watch was in effect for Antigua and a tropical storm watch was in effect for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis; the British Virgin Islands; and the islands of St. Thomas and St. John.
Meantime, Hurricane Katia made landfall shortly before 11 p.m. Friday on Mexico’s Gulf Coast as a Category 1 storm, the Associated Press reported.
Katia, had sustained winds of 75 mph, according to a Friday evening advisory. Hurricane warnings suggest rainfall from Katia could result in “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain,” the National Hurricane Center said.
A hurricane warning remained in effect for part of southeastern Mexico and the National Hurricane Center warned that a storm surge would raise local water levels by as much as 5 to 8 feet above normal.
Mexico was hit late Thursday by a powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake, leaving at least 35 people dead and triggering tsunami waves.