Jose strengthens into dangerous Category 3 hurricane

A satellite image shows Hurricane Irma (left) and Jose (right) on Sept 7, 2017.
A satellite image shows Hurricane Irma (left) and Jose (right) on Sept 7, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (REUTERS) - Jose strengthened on Thursday (Sept 7) into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

The hurricane is about 955km east of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds of 195kmh, the NHC said in its latest advisory, adding some additional strengthening was possible during the next 24 to 36 hours.

Jose is heading for the Caribbean and models then show it veering to the north before Puerto Rico.

Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma this week, is under a hurricane watch, it added.