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3 Hurricanes Are Roiling the Atlantic At Once

Three hurricanes are now brewing in the Atlantic: Irma, Katia and Jose.
Three hurricanes are now brewing in the Atlantic: Irma, Katia and Jose. (Image credit: NOAA GOES-16/ RAMMB / CIRA @ CSU)

The Atlantic officially has three hurricanes churning simultaneously — Irma, Jose and Katia.

Irma, a powerful Category 5 storm, is currently battering Puerto Rico and on track to slam into Florida, while Jose is barreling toward the Caribbean Islands, while Katia is menacing the Gulf of Mexico. Both Jose and Katia intensified from tropical storms into hurricanes today (Sept. 6).

The last time three hurricanes were active at once was 2010, when hurricanes Igor, Julia and Karl were classified as hurricanes, according to records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The record for the most hurricanes active at once is four — that was set in 1998 when Hurricanes Georges, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl intensified simultaneously. Before that, the last time four hurricanes were active at the same time was Aug. 22, 1893.

Three hurricanes are currently roiling the Atlantic -- Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia. (Image credit: NOAA)

The current hurricane season has been unusually active. NOAA recently predicted that the season would have between 14 and 19 named storms and between two and five major hurricanes. Already, the season has experienced six named hurricanes and 11 named storms. Hurricane season doesn't typically reach its peak till September 10.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Tia Ghose
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