Two new hurricanes form in the Atlantic

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Jose, like Katia, is a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds.

Two other giant storms - Katia and Jose - have grown to hurricane levels, and now trail the calamitous Category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has battered the Caribbean and is headed toward the southern coast of Florida.

Jose is about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, a group of islands in the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The US National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Jose is gaining strength in the central tropical Atlantic.

Not to be forgotten, Hurricane Katia is drifting toward Mexico's gulf coast.

Irma's core slammed Barbuda early Wednesday before moving over St. Martin and Anguilla and parts of the British Virgin Islands. While it will not have a direct impact on Southeast US unlike Irma, some damage may occur over the Leeward Islands when the storm moves forward.

As of the midday Wednesday advisory, Tropical Storm Jose has sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

Having three hurricanes active at the same time in the Atlantic Basin is rather rare.

At this time, Jose is not expected to follow the same path as Irma.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Thursday. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said it's possible a mandatory evacuation may be ordered by Friday. Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms on record, is already barreling towards Florida where it could strike as a Category 4 or 5 storm.

Swells generated by Jose are likely to affect portions of the Leeward Islands by Saturday, the NHC said, adding hurricane watches were issued for the northern portion of the region.

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