A potential Category 3 Hurricane. This is the prediction for Jose- the impending weather system that is likely to bear down on the very same islands that were struck by Hurricane Irma prior. The TT Met Office, in a statement issued this morning said the center of Hurricane Jose was located about 1310 km east of the Lesser Antilles. The center of Jose is expected to continue moving in a west-northwest path over the next few days.
The MET Office further explained that a change in direction is expected as Jose approaches the Caribbean over the weekend, which will likely steer Jose just north of the Leeward Islands. The weather system currently has sustained winds near 150km/h which makes it a Category 1 Hurricane. The system is however forecast to become a hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 200KM/h. The Met office however indicated that Hurricane Jose is then expected to begin gradually weakening as it enters an unfavorable environment.
The Washington Post reports that The United Kingdom’s international development secretary, Priti Patel, announced Wednesday that the British navy, along with several Royal Marines and a contingent of military engineers, had been dispatched to the Caribbean with makeshift shelters and water purification systems. While some in England criticized the response, McKendrick told The Post that he’s worried they, too, will quickly become overwhelmed by the amount of work that must be done to restore a sense of normalcy.