Storm Katia weakens after reaching Mexican coast


The International Space Station passed over two major Atlantic hurricanes on Friday, Sept. 8.

As far as Hurricane Irma is concerned, thanks to the advances made in science and technology, the authorities in the region managed to evacuate people in time that in turn accounts for the relatively-low death toll, despite the ferocity of the storm. It is now passing through the southeastern Bahamas, and by Sunday morning, it should be making its way toward southern Florida.

Hurricane Irma made multiple landfalls over the past week, devastating islands in the Caribbean before reaching Florida on Sunday morning.

The eye of Hurricane Irma, roughly 30 miles wide, is shown below on the morning of September 5, with each frame separated by one minute or less.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 85 miles per hour with higher gusts".

Models show a wide range of possibilities, all the way from SC to Newfoundland, or even out to sea.

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Irma will not exit Florida until Monday morning.

Hurricane Jose intensified quickly and poses a big threat to the northern Leeward Islands. A turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is forecast tonight through the weekend.

Category 4 or stronger Atlantic hurricane landfalls in the US are a rare occurrence with only 27 documented since 1851, including Harvey and Irma. Some fluctuation in intensity, up or down, could occur during the next day or so.

Hurricane Irma battered the Florida Keys early Sunday with winds up to 130 miles per hour. The center of Katia will make landfall in Mexico late tonight or early Saturday. Gradual weakening is expected after that.

According to the 10 a.m. update, Katia was 160 miles southeast of Tampico, Mexico, and 125 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico. Total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches over southern Tamaulipas, eastern San Luis Potosi, western Hidalgo, eastern Queretaro, and southern Veracruz are expected through Saturday evening.