FORT MYERS, Fla. Jose became a major hurricane Thursday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.
The Category 3 storm maintained winds of 120 mph as of the 11 p.m. National Hurricane Center advisory. It was about 635 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands moving west at 18 mph.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, the National Hurricane Center said.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Saba, and St. Eustatius, according to the National Hurricane Center. A Tropical Storm Warning was issued for Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla.
Jose is expected to arc northward and away from Florida.