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Tropical Storm Jose expected to become hurricane

This image form the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricanes Irma Katia and Jose around 5 p.m. on Sept. 6 2017

Tropical Depression 13 is trying to organize into a tropical storm off the coast of Mexico.

As powerful Hurricane Irma tears across the Caribbean towards Florida, a new tropical storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and is threatening to become a hurricane, USA weather monitors said. The image showed powerful bands of thunderstorms around the center of circulation but the storm's eye was not visible.

The system is forecast to become a hurricane but arc northward away from Southwest Florida. The western quadrant of the storm was over the east coast state of Veracruz, Mexico.

The storm originally made landfall just north of Tecolutla, Mexico Friday night as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds. Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi. The storm is about 660 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, a collection of islands in the Caribbean Sea, and is moving northwest at 18 mph.

"This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain", the Miami-based NHC said.

It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour as of the 11 p.m. advisory. Weather forecasters say that although Jose is not expected to make landfall, it will likely add misery to the already devastated island of Barbuda, which was destroyed by Irma this week. The center of Katia is expected to remain off the shore of Mexico through Friday morning. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 millibars.

It said a hurricane warning was in effect for parts of the Mexican state of Veracruz between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde, where it could dump 10 to 15 inches of rain.