Katia makes landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast, weakens to tropical storm

Casey Dawson
September 10, 2017

Hurricane Katia, the sixth hurricane of the 2017 season, is expected to make landfall in Mexico early Saturday morning.

It lost some strength before it landed about 115 miles (185 km) northwest of the port city of Veracruz as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds 75 mph (120 km/h).

Storm Katia weakened to a tropical depression on Saturday as it moved into the interior of Mexico, but it could still dump heavy rains on areas that have absorbed large amounts of precipitation and been shaken by a massive quake in recent days.

"Katia is moving toward the west-southwest near 3 miles per hour (6 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue until the system makes landfall by early Saturday", the NHC said.

Katia was a smaller hurricane in comparison to more unsafe Irma and Jose.

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Katia was expected to begin moving again and turn southward, and it is forecast to hit the state of Veracruz by early Saturday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Martin, Sint Maarten and St. Barthelemy, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Officials in Veracruz said Katia could cause landslides and flooding, and urged people living below hills and slopes to be prepared to evacuate.

Hurricane Jose remains a Category 4 as the storm moves over the western Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said. Millions of Florida residents were ordered to evacuate after the storm killed 21 people in the eastern Caribbean and left catastrophic destruction in its wake.

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