Just when you when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, after Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas, and Hurricane Irma making landfall within hours in Florida, there is another hurricane coming in right on Irma’s heels. This is the third major hurricane of the season and is named Hurricane Jose. The National Hurricane Center issued the following advisory on its Twitter account.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 9, 2017
CNN reports that this is the first time in history that two hurricanes with sustained winds of more that 150 mph have been in the Atlantic at the same time. Without using the “cc” term, this could only occur due to unusually warm water in the Atlantic.
The current projected path of Jose by the National Hurricane Center indicates that it will veer north and not strike the U.S. mainland. Some of the islands in the western Caribbean might face potential, further damage. But these are early projections and residents of several of the islands already devastated by Irma are taking no chances. Hurricane warnings have already been issued for St. Martin/Sint Maarten, Barbuda, Anguilla, and St. Barts. Antigua remains under a hurricane watch. Barbuda alone saw over 90% of its buildings levelled by Hurricane Irma.
Let us hope and pray that Hurricane Jose bypasses those islands and dies a peaceful death in the Atlantic. But even if it does, there is another tropical depression forming right behind Jose. It is imperative that everyone who live in potential danger areas remain aware of these weather conditions and takes appropriate action. And remember, you might not be as safe as you might think. Just two days ago, Hurricane Irma was expected to follow a track up the eastern shore of the U.S. Now Atlanta lies directly in her path.
Don’t listen to radio talk show hosts who tell their listeners that hurricanes are a “liberal plot” then hightail it out of town before the first raindrop falls. Instead, keep your televisions, radios, or other devices tuned into reputable sources such as @nhc.noaa.gov or your local news channels.
Above all, remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry. And hurricane season doesn’t end until November 1st.