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Jose is now a Category 3 hurricane and could hit places already hit hard by Irma

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Updated September 08, 2017 01:48 PM EDT

Hurricane Jose has now become a Category 3 hurricane as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida.

Jose now has top sustained winds of 120 mph, is currently located a few hundred miles to the north of Puerto Rico.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for St. Thomas and St. John.

The government of Antigua has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the British Virgin Islands

The government of France has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for St. Martin and St. Barts.

The government of Saint Maarten has issued a Tropical Storm Warning as well.

Updated September 07, 2017 02:05 PM EDT

Hurricane Jose is now a Category 2 storm, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Thursday afternoon.

Jose's maximum sustained winds have increased to 105 mph, with higher gusts.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Jose is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday," the NHC said.

Jose is centered about 660 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at 18 mph.

"Swells generated by Jose are likely to affect portions of the Leeward Islands by Saturday," the NHC warned. "These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."

Updated September 07, 2017 11:07 AM EDT

Jose is expected to become a "major hurricane" by Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph, with higher gusts, and strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours.

Hurricane watches were issued for Antigua and Barbuda, which were hit hard by Hurricane Irma.

Jose is centered about 715 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It is moving west-northwest at 18 mph.

Updated September 06, 2017 05:04 PM EDT

"Quickly strengthening" Jose has become a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Wednesday afternoon.

Jose's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph, with higher gusts.

"Additional strengthening is forecast, and Jose could be near major hurricane strength on Friday," the NHC said.

Jose is centered about 1,040 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at 16 mph.

Updated September 06, 2017 10:53 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Jose is close to hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Wednesday morning.

"Continued gradual strengthening is forecast and Jose is expected to become a hurricane later today," the NHC said.

Jose's maximum sustained winds have reached 70 mph, with higher gusts, and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 60 miles from its center.

It is located about 1,135 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and it is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

Updated September 06, 2017 08:28 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Jose is expected to become a hurricane by tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Jose had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph as of 5 a.m. EST, and additional strengthening is forecast.

It was located about 1,255 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 13 mph. A slightly faster west to west-northwest motion is expected over the next two days, the NHC said.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time, but the NHC said that "interests in the Leeward Islands" should monitor Jose's progress.

Updated September 05, 2017 04:43 PM EDT

Tropical Storm Jose is "gaining strength" in the Central Tropical Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Jose has formed over the Atlantic Ocean and could become a hurricane by Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph as of 11 a.m. EST, and "some strengthening" is expected over the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Jose is located about 1,505 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving toward the west-northwest at 13 mph. It is expected to move west or west-northwest at a "slightly faster rate of forward speed" over the next two days.

The NWS said "interests in the Leeward Islands" should monitor Jose's progress.

There aren't any coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time, the NWS said.

Tropical Storm Jose is the 10th tropical storm of the season.

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