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Published On: Thu, Sep 7th, 2017

Hurricane Jose upgraded to Category 2 storm as Caribbean prepares for MORE chaos


has left at least 10 dead and caused millions of pounds of damages but more devastation could be on its way with the approach of Hurricane Jose. 

was upgraded to a Category 2 storm at 7pm BST after its sustained winds grew to more than 100mph. 

Hurricane watches are now in effect in Antigua and Barbuda, where a young child was killed as people attempts to evacuated the island during life-threatening winds.

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Tropical storm watches, meanwhile, are in effect for Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saba and St Eustatius. 

The National Hurricane Center issued a 7pm update and said: “Jose is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday.

“A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. 

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“A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.”

Hurricane Jose appears to be following the exact path of Hurricane Irma and is heading directly towards the Caribbean. 

From there it may continue towards Florida and the US eastern seaboard, although such forecasts are sketchy. 

The NHC said Hurricane Jose will reach the Antilles and Leeward Islands as early as 8am EDT (1pm BST) on Saturday.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said: “The northern Leeward Islands are at risk of contending with enhanced showers and tropical-storm-force conditions this weekend.

“[This] could hinder Irma recovery efforts.

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“At the very least, rough surf will be stirred once again.”

Meanwhile Weather Channel meteorologist Ari Sarsalari said: “This one doesn’t pose as much of a threat to the direct southeastern United States as Irma does.

“But the Leeward Islands would end up with another one-two punch.

“This could be pretty bad for them.”



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