After Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas leaving behind catastrophic flooding, many thought it couldn't get much worse. However, then Category 5 Hurricane Irma formed with a trajectory headed towards Florida.
Now, a brand new storm, Tropical Storm Jose has formed right behind Hurricane Irma. Jose is expected to become classified as a hurricane by Friday according to the National Hurricane Center.
There is the potential for Jose to become a hurricane as it tracks to the west-northwest this week.
This projected path would take it near or just north of the Leeward Islands late this week and into the weekend, less than a week after major Hurricane Irma batters the area.
“The northern Leeward Islands are at risk of contending with enhanced showers and tropical-storm-force conditions this weekend, which could hinder Irma recovery efforts. At the very least, rough surf will be stirred once again,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said.
Beyond the Leeward Islands, Jose will likely get caught up in a lack of steering flow, causing it to meander in the open Atlantic early next week and posing mainly a concern to shipping interests.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 5, 2017
To make matters even worse, yet another storm, which could easily reach the wind speeds needed to become a tropical storm, is also following close behind. This storm would be named Katia if it attained tropical storm status.