Hurricane Jose continues to gain strength and a hurricane watch is underway in several islands.
This is according to the Meteorologist Arnold Ramgoolam of the Trinidad and Tobago Met office.
Speaking with News Power Now this morning he revealed that Jose is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane.
Further strengthening is forecast during the next 24 to 36 hours with maximum sustained winds near 200Km/h, bringing Jose to a destructive category 4 system. Hurricane Jose however is expected to begin gradually weakening as it enters an unfavorable environment.
A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba and St Eustatius.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of hurricane-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
Meanwhile, he says that hurricane Irma remains very strong as it continues on its present path and will continue to be a major hurricane by the time it hits Florida next week.
The Met says that, on its present track and forward speed hurricane Jose poses no immediate threat to Trinidad and Tobago. However interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Jose.