While Hurricane Irma’s projected track continued to shift west Friday, another hurricane in the Atlantic strengthened.
Hurricane Jose is now a Category 4 storm, marking the first time two Atlantic storms have had winds of 150 mph or stronger at the same time, according to Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University.
However Jose isn’t a threat in the foreseeable future, forecasters said Friday afternoon.
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Jose is expected to travel northwest and reach the Leeward Islands on Saturday, according to a statement from the National Hurricane Center. Current models indicate the storm might slowly move northeast, away from the U.S.
It’s always possible the storm could be influenced by a future weather pattern, said Steve Wilkinson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“Right now, I would say it’s not a threat in any way,” Wilkinson said. “But we’ll keep an eye on it.”
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