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Friday 22 September 2017

Irma and Jose have just broken a new terrifying record

Irma wreaks destruction on St Martin (Jonathan Falwell/AP)
Irma wreaks destruction on St Martin (Jonathan Falwell/AP)

Andrew Buncombe

Irma and Jose have set a record by being the first two hurricanes with speeds topping 150mph to appear at the same time.

While Irma has maintained speeds over 150mph for several days, officials reported that Hurricane Jose had been upgraded to an “extremely dangerous” category 4 storm maximum sustained winds near 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

The storm currently sits east of the Leeward Islands and is forecast to move west-northwest into the Atlantic Ocean over the coming days, and could land a double blow to those locations that were wrecked by Irma.

Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University, said this was the first time there had been two hurricanes in the Atlantic with speeds topping 150mph.

“2 Atlantic hurricanes currently have winds of 150 mph (#Irma and #Jose) - 1st time on record Atlantic has had 2 150+ mph storms at same time,” he said on Twitter.

On Friday, Hurricane Irma was scraping Cuba's northern coast as it made its way towards toward Florida, leaving in its trail a ravaged string of Caribbean resort islands.

The death toll in the Caribbean stood at at least 21 and was expected to rise as rescuers reached some of the hardest-hit areas. And a new danger lay on the horizon to the east: Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds that could punish some of the devastated areas all over again.

“I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to know that further damage is imminent,” said Inspector Frankie Thomas of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, according to Reuters.

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