Hurricane Katia Is Now Category 2, Heading to Mexico

Michele Moreno
September 10, 2017

Then hours after hitting the coast, Katia weakened to a tropical storm with winds at just 45 mph.

The natural disaster, the strongest to strike Mexico in more than 80 years, killed at least 61 people.

The country has been dealing with the arrival of the Gulf coast hurricane while parts of it are already in ruins following a magnitude 8.1 natural disaster.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz, the NHC stated.

The storm has deluged the mountainous region in Veracruz, which has a history of deadly floods and mudslides. The forecasters are expecting to see the hurricane move slowly towards the Mexican coast on Friday, Sept. 8, before making a landfall on Saturday, Sept. 9.

MIAMI - Weather forecasters: Katia becomes a tropical storm as it moves further into Mexico, with speeds of 45 miles per hour.

Mexico's National Water Commission meteorological authority said Katia picked up strength as it swirled in the Gulf of Mexico 205 kilometers (127 miles) from the major port city of Veracruz.

Mexico's national emergency services said this week that Katia was worrying because it is very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks.

Hurricane Irma, which is Category 4, is on track to hit Florida after heading over parts of Cuba and the central Bahamas, according to the agency. Three hurricanes are in the Atlantic simultaneously: Katia, Jose, and Irma.

Mexico is also dealing with the aftermath of a powerful quake on Thursday night.

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