Jose, Katia are now hurricanes

Flight 302 reached Irma's outer bands, making its way out of danger just in time, and landing successfully at JFK at 4:22 p.m. ET.

The closest land mass Jose will approach is the northern Leeward Islands, the same ones Irma just devastated.

Jose officially became a hurricane after hitting wind speeds of 75 miles per hour.

The governor says resources will be concentrated where they will be most needed depending on Irma's track.

Based on the data released on Wednesday, Walsh says there are three scenarios possible for the Lowcountry. A ridge of high pressure will settle in this week and stay with us through the weekend. A lovely stretch is coming starting Thursday and lasting into Monday of next week.

However, compared with Jose or Katia, Irma stands out as a force.

Storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on the island of St Maarten
Storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on the island of St Maarten

Officials said Harvey's devastating flooding, coupled with the sheer power of Irma, ranked as the strongest Atlantic storm on record, had sharpened the focus of Floridians who were somewhat indifferent about preparing for past hurricanes.

A man repairs a part of his roof in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Lauriers neighborhood of Cap-Haitien, on September 6, 2017, 240 km from Port-au-Prince. However, it may still be a couple of days before we have a more clear idea.

Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency for SC ahead of potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine had already urged residents of that city on Tuesday to evacuate. They will determine Oxfam's initial humanitarian response. Numerous trees and telephone poles were also toppled, and wind gusts of 156 miles per hour broke some of the country's weather-monitoring equipment. In a Boston.com piece Tuesday, meteorologist David Epstein wrote that Irma's impact on the United States - and even New England - depends on when in its path the storm makes its turn north.

Rarer though is the strength of the hurricanes, with Harvey making landfall in the USA as a category four. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.

Limbaugh's lengthy soliloquy on his radio show the day before was apparently set off by seeing a rush on supplies of bottled water in South Florida, where he lives. The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the coast of the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde. It is expected to affect eastern Cuba in the next 48 to 72 hours.

  • Carolyn Briggs