Storm Katia weakens after hitting Mexico


Closer to home, almost stationary Hurricane Katia in the Bay of Campeche will likely travel southwestward through Friday making landfall Friday night between Tampico and Veracruz Mexico.

On Sept. 8, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said a Hurricane Warning is in effect for Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Forecasters have predicted damaging winds, drenching rains and a unsafe storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is considered a "small tropical cyclone", with winds around 129km/h and an expected 13 to 25cm of rain. Areas of Mexico to the north of Cabo Rojo and to the south of Laguna Verde are under a tropical-storm warning. The western quadrant of the storm was over the east coast state of Veracruz, Mexico.

Right now, the path of Jose is expected to stay north and east of Irma's path as the storm approaches the United States.

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As the strongest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history continues to wreak havoc in the Caribbean, two more threats have emerged in the form of hurricanes Jose and Katia.

Katia could bring life-threatening flash floods to areas in the mountains just to the west.

Irma was downgraded Monday morning to a tropical storm, though it continues to sustain near hurricane force winds of up to 65 miles per hour. There are maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, but higher gusts possible. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall. The storm's hurricane-force winds (classified as 74 mph or higher) extend 25 miles out from the center, and the radius of tropical-storm-force winds extends about 70 miles.

"It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring so quickly on the heels of (Hurricane) Harvey", Evan Myers, chief operating officer of AccuWeather, said in a statement.