There Are Three Hurricanes In The Atlantic Region Right Now

As people in the Caribbean witness the near complete demolishment of their islands with Hurricane Irma, two more hurricanes gathering strength in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Katia is just off the coast of Tampico, Mexico and is expected to make landfall in the next 48 hours along the coastline of Veracruz. While Tropical Storm Jose has recently been upgraded to a Category One Hurricane and is in the open Atlantic, but on the same path as Irma.

Three hurricanes
Three hurricanes

Credit: National Hurricane Centre

This is the first time since 2010 when three active hurricanes formed in the region.

Jose and Katia are both Category One, however Irma made landfall in the Caribbean as a Category Five and is believed to be one of the strongest hurricanes in the Atlantic region in recorded history. It has done an immense amount of damage to some of the islands there, with many experiencing flooding, damage and power outages within the first few hours.

It slammed into some islands with wind gusts of up to 185 mph (297km/h).

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has told ABS Television/Radio: "I'm of the view that, as it stands now, Barbuda is barely habitable."

"It is just a total devastation."

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"Barbuda right now is literally a rubble. We have to raise a significant amount of resources now to rebuild Barbuda and to restore it to normalcy."

Mr Browne says the threat of Jose is weighing heavily on their minds, as the islands are barely holding it together already: "If we have yet another storm coming in a matter of days we will have to make special arrangements to evacuate all of Barbuda and bring them over here [to Antigua]."

When Hurricane Irma hit, one Briton was tweeting his experiences, describing it as 'apocalyptic'.

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall on the US state of Florida over the weekend. President Donald Trump has already declared an emergency to ensure federal funds are available when it hits. There is currently an ongoing operation to evacuate residents from the low-lying Florida Keys.

It's believed three people have already died from the hurricane, but that toll could rise once authorities are able to get into affected areas.

The set of three hurricanes come just days after Hurricane Harvey claimed dozens of lives and destroyed many buildings in Texas, US.

Harvey was labelled as one of the worst storms to hit the United States in a decade, and carried winds of up to 130mph (209km/h).

It hit the mainland as a Category Four, knocking electricity out to about 300,000 people, with hundreds seeking shelter in community centres.

Sources: CNN, Fortune, Daily Mail, Telegraph

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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