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Hurricane Katia now Category 1, Jose continues to strengthen

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Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for the Mexican state of Veracruz on Thursday as Hurricane Katia swirls not far off shore in the gulf.

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As of its 5 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Katia was 225 miles east of Tampico, Mexico, and 195 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico. The category 1 hurricane's winds remain near 80 mph with higher gusts.

The NHC also said, "some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall.

"Katia is stationary and little overall motion is anticipated through late today, but then the hurricane is forecast to turn southwestward and approach the coast within the watch area late Friday or early Saturday."

The government of Mexico previously issued a hurricane warning for the coast of Mexico from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde, the NHC said.

The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Jose continues to strengthen in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday.

In its 5 a.m. advisory, the NHC said Jose was located about 815 miles east of the Lesser Antilles with sustained winds up to 90 mph. Forecasters say Jose's wind speeds are expected to strengthen within the next 48 hours.

Jose formed Tuesday in the central Atlantic, more than 1,000 miles east of Hurricane Irma, and so far is following Irma's path westward toward the Caribbean.

The NHC said Jose "continues intensifying over the Central Atlantic it travels west-northwest at 18 mph and this general motion continuing for the next couple of days."


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