After Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita is the largest evacuation storm in US history.
With Rita well behind us, we now focus on Hurricane Irma. Irma formed from a complicated interaction between two different weather systems, according to USAToday.
Irma is a Category 2 Hurricane with winds of 110 mph. Irma is approaching Tampa and is expected to track along the west coast by Monday Sept. 10. Irma is now moving through Florida spreading destructive winds, flooding rain and inundating sea, according to CNN.
“Unfortunately, there is no way the United States is going to avoid another catastrophic weather event,” Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather said. Florida will have massive damage and Irma will be the single hurricane since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Myers said.
Hurricane Irma is not the only storm upon us. Two other hurricanes, Jose and Katia, have been added to the forecast. Hurricane Jose, formed in the Atlantic. Jose pulled away from the Caribbean Sunday Sept. 10 and is excepted to weaken, National Hurricane Center said. As of Sept. 10 the storm was located about 400 miles northwest of the northern Leeward Islands.
Jose downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 3 with maximum winds of 120 mph and was moving northwest at a speed of 16 mph, NHC said.
“Jose will remain to the east of the Bahamas for the next couple of days,” NPC said.
Hurricane Katia made landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico as of 11 p.m. on Sept. 8. Katia is a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100 mph, according to the Washington Post. Katia is expected to turn into a Category 3 hurricane by the end of the week, Washington Post. Katia is currently in the Gulf and is expected to head southwestern towards Mexico City.
“I can’t believe these storms are happening in near us. I pray for all of the people that they are affecting,” said junior Social Work major, Samantha Richard.
All three hurricanes are active: Irma over Florida, Jose over the northeastern Leeward Islands, and Katia in the Gulf of Mexico.