Hurricane Katia expected to strengthen as it nears Mexico

Posted September 10, 2017

The storm later weakened to a tropical depression 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.

09 de septiembre de 2017, 10:45Mexico, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) After Category 2 hurricane Katia hit Mexico last night, it caused heavy rains in the states of Veracruz, Tabasco, Oaxaca, Puebla and Hidalgo.

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Hurricane Katia wheeled in place off the Mexican Gulf coast on Thursday, but it was expected to gain strength before it approached land by late Friday or early Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm was expected to weaken rapidly over the next day, the NHC said.

The eye of Hurricane Irma, center, hovers just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Katia, left, in the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean, in a satellite image taken at 11:15 a.m. EDT on Sep. 7.

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The government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning for the coast of Mexico from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde and a tropical storm warning for Cabo Rojo north to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Mexico is also dealing with the aftermath of a powerful natural disaster on Thursday night. Katia was initially measured as a Category 1 storm with 75 miles per hour winds - far less powerful than Irma, which is quickly approaching Florida, and Jose which remains farther out in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Katia has "worrying characteristics" because it is very slow moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks, Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, told domestic television on Wednesday.