Trio of hurricanes in Atlantic Ocean completely baffles weather scientists

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PHOTO: From the left: Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose. (Supplied: NESDIS)

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While residents of the Caribbean and soon Florida battle Hurricane Irma, two more hurricanes have lined up in the Atlantic Ocean threatening to make landfall.

Hurricane scientists say they’ve “never seen anything like this in the modern record.”

The satellite images below show the hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean moving towards land.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued warnings on Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia, all of which may possibly hit land at the same time.

Eric Blake, an NHC scientist, said it’s “unparalleled here and totally ridiculous given [the scale of] Irma.”

Already, Hurricane Irma has left a devastating path in its wake in the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people and destroying many of the buildings and homes.

The NHC said Irma will continue to bring life threatening winds and rainfall hazards to the northern coast of Haiti over the weekend.

Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane, is expected to make landfall in Florida late on Saturday, bringing with it calamitous winds up to 290 kph.

Blake is a hurricane expert and shared his shock at the severity of the hurricanes in some tweets:

As Irma moves towards Florida, two other hurricanes are picking up speed and also threatening to move towards the land. To the east, Hurricane Katia is in the Gulf of Mexico with experts labelling it a category one storm with winds of up to 130 kph. It’s expected to make landfall today.

Hurricane Jose is just behind Hurricane Irma and is now 1,060 km east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

If Hurricane Jose hits the Caribbean, it’s impact will likely be even more devastating after the impact wrought by Hurricane Irma.

This will be the first time three major hurricanes have made landfall at the same time.

Why are we seeing so many hurricanes?

A lack of high altitude winds, warmer sea surface temperatures and a virtually non-existent El Nino has led to the increase in hurricanes, according to experts.

In short, when the ocean is warmer and deeper, it creates more powerful hurricanes.

Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years. It was particularly devastating as it moved slowly, dumped a lot of water and then fed itself off the water it dumped to keep on going.

Hurricane Irma looks like causing significant damage because of its size and power.