Katia, Jose Now Hurricanes; Mexico, Leeward Islands Under Threat

The positions of major tropical storms as of Thursday morning // Map by The National Hurricane Center

While Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc in the Caribbean, two more storms have strengthened to hurricane status.

Hurricane Katia now has sustained winds of 80 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, and is expected to begin moving toward the coast of Mexico tonight or early Friday. Hurricane Jose, meanwhile, has sustained winds of 90 mph and is expected to become a major storm by Friday as it heads toward the northern Leeward Islands.

A hurricane watch due to Hurricane Jose is now in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, which has already seen more than 90 percent of its buildings destroyed by Hurricane Irma. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.

Hurricane Katia, meanwhile, has prompted a hurricane warning for an area in Mexico extending from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde, as well as a tropical storm warning for the area north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Flight Updates

The storms have prompted two airlines to issue change waivers so far.

American Airlines customers traveling through Mexico City and Puebla September 8 – 9 can rebook through September 11 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

United Airlines customers set to fly through those cities, as well as Tampico and Veracruz, from September 8 – 9, can rebook through September 12 in the originally ticketed cabin between the same city pair.

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