September 8, 2017 / 3:18 AM / 19 days ago

Hurricane Jose to be near northern Leeward Islands on Saturday: NHC

Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose (R) and Hurricane Katia (L) are pictured in the Atlantic Ocean in this September 7, 2017 NOAA satellite handout photo. NOAA/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Hurricane Jose is maintaining strength and is expected to be located near the northern Leeward Islands on Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The Category 3 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale is about 635 miles (1,020 km) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kph), the NHC said on Thursday.

Some slight strengthening is possible during the next day or so, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Reporting by Apeksha Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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