Tropical Storm Jose forms over the open Atlantic

The storm is now over 1,200 miles away from these islands. The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches).

The system now poses no threat to land and no watches or warnings are in effect.

Katia is located about 200 miles east of Tampico, Mexico.

Upon approaching the Leeward Islands, Jose would likely move out to sea due to a lack of "steering flow", making it unlikely the storm would make landfall elsewhere, AccuWeather said.

It added that a movement towards the west or west-north-west at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

The storm is east of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean.

This was the latest update from the US National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane is now moving at a speed of 13 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

Irma destroyed four of the most solid government buildings on the French-administered portion of nearby St. Martin, an island of about 75,000 people, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said Wednesday in Paris.

No watches or warnings are in effect for Jose.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has advised that a "quickly strengthening" Jose has become a hurricane. Jose is expected to move westward this week, and may move near or north of the Leeward Islands.

This storm is a long ways out and does not pose any immediate threats to the U.S.

Irma, a category five hurricane, is expected to have passed over the Caribbean by Friday, however Hurricane Jose is expected to follow a similar path when it arrives over the weekend.

Earlier this week, parts of the Lesser Antilles, including the island of Barbuda, took a direct hit from Irma.

  • Eleanor Harrison