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Hurricanes At A Glance

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Hurricane season is in full swing and we have three devastating hurricanes currently swirling through the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Let's break down each hurricane as of Friday early afternoon and look at the forecast path for each storm.

Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Irma is the largest storm in diameter but no longer the largest in wind speed as Hurricane Jose has now matched the peak eye wall speed of 150 mph. Hurricane Irma is classified as a category 4 hurricane, meaning this storm will be capable of producing tremendous wind speeds up to 156 mph, flooding rains and most importantly, storm surge capable of leveling weak structures and taking lives. The track of Irma has been fairly consistent, most modeling has the storm keeping its category 4 intensity as it runs right up the Florida peninsula. There could be some track changes over the course of Friday afternoon and evening, especially if Cuba chews through some of the outer circulation. When Irma moves into the warm ocean water between Florida and Cuba, that will be its last chance to grow strong before it makes landfall sometime late Saturday night to early Sunday morning. Power outages will likely be wide spread, houses and structures will take heavy damage from the winds, and plenty of house and neighborhood street flooding will occur.

Hurricane Jose: Hurricane Jose jumped up to a category 4 hurricane from Thursday night into Friday morning meaning its wind speeds are at 150 mph. This storm is still pretty far east into the Atlantic Ocean but it could scrape up again the small islands next to Bermuda with any more of a westerly path. Hurricane Jose, while being massive and dangerous like Irma, seems to have a fairly consistent forecast path of being moved back out into the Pacific Ocean. Due to the lack of data being fed into our models on this storm (how do you take its temperatures and pressure in the middle of the ocean), we will probably see several changes in its forecast track. The worst case scenario would be for Hurricane Jose to follow Irma's path through the Caribbean islands and over towards Florida, but as mentioned, most modeling does not have that as the main solution.

Hurricane Katia: Hurricane Katie is a smaller, but still dangerous, hurricane spinning in the Gulf of Mexico just of the eastern coast of Mexico. Katia is a category 2 hurricane with wind speeds up to 100 mph. Hurricane Katia has already started to make landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico as of Friday afternoon. This storm will weaken considerably even through Friday night to a Tropical Disturbance by Saturday night. While this hurricane isn't as strong as Irma or Jose, it will still cause flooding along the Mexican coast with wind and possible storm surge damage.

Even through these storms aren't affecting Colorado directly, they will still affect all of us in one way or another. Gas prices will likely go up following these storms, and more donations of money, blood, and supplies may be needed to help those who couldn't get out of Florida. As always follow KOAA online and on TV for more updates on the storms.

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