Hurricane Jose strengthens into Category 4 storm

FORT MYERS, Fla. Hurricane Jose strengthened into a Category 4 storm Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Jose is moving west-northwest at 14 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The system is about 265 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds at 155 mph.

“Swells generated by the storm are expected to affect portions of the Leeward Islands later (Friday),” the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

The governments of Franch and Sint Maarten issued tropical storm warnings for St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Sint Maarten, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for St. Martin, Sint Maarten, Antigua, Barbuda, and Anguilla, the National Hurricane Center said. The government of France issued a Hurricane Watch for St. Barthelemy.

A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect for Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla, according to the National Hurricane Center. The government of Antigua issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the British Virgin Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius, the National Hurricane Center said.

Writer:Rachel Ravina
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