Where Will Hurricane Jose Hit? These Areas Are In Danger
Hurricane Harvey cleanup is only just getting started, and Irma is threatening to hit Florida by the weekend, but brace yourselves, because there's yet another one on the way. Those who can't seem to stay on top of the never-ending onslaught of storms will be forgiven if they haven't even heard of it yet, but if you're wondering where Hurricane Jose will hit, there's some potentially good news. Although it's impossible to track a hurricane with complete accuracy, particularly in the Caribbean, where varying weather patterns can drastically alter a storm's course or strength, it looks like Jose will stay far west of its predecessor.
Jose is expected to move northeast towards the Caribbean Thursday and Friday before turning north over the weekend, according to the Washington Post, and it's not expected to reach the United States. Unfortunately, the beginning of Jose's path is similar to Irma's, which means that it could pass over the northern Leeward Islands just days after the devastating destruction caused by Irma. A hurricane watch has been issued for Antigua and Barbuda, and while Antigua was lucky to escape the brunt of Irma, Prime Minister Gaston Browne told ABS TV/Radio Antigua that "Barbuda right now is literally a rubble," according to CNN.
Browne said there is no water or phone service on Barbuda, and the island's communication tower was destroyed, and the only airport is out of commission. Minister of Foreign Affairs Charles Fernandez estimated that "upwards of 90 percent" of the island has been damaged, according to CNN. One fatality has been reported: a 2-year-old. In a statement to People, actor Robert De Niro, who is a co-owner of Barbuda's Paradise Found Nobu Resort hotel, said he's "beyond saddened to learn of the devastation" on the island, and he looks forward to working with the "entire Barbuda community to successfully rebuild what nature has taken away from us."
Hurricane Jose had strengthened to a Category 3 storm by Thursday afternoon, according to AccuWeather, and it's expected to intensify on Friday before weakening over the weekend. If it passes close enough to Barbuda, it's likely to cause "heavy rain, gusty winds, swells and storm surge." Without the use of the airport, relief efforts are currently limited to boats and helicopters, and such conditions could complicate evacuation plans. According to the Associated Press, about 60 percent of the island's 1,400 residents are now homeless. If you're able to help the victims of Hurricane Irma, Charity Navigator has a list of reputable organizations currently accepting donations.