Hurricane Katia slams into Mexico's Veracruz state

Posted September 12, 2017

At 8 a.m. ET Saturday, Katia had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

Georgia is bracing for potentially far-flung impacts from Hurricane Irma, which forecasters say could swamp the coast with storm surge near Savannah and topple trees and power lines in Atlanta.

Katia had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour and a hurricane warning is in effect for the state of Veracruz from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde.

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It is common for major storms to hit back to back, but to have more than one hit the United States in one hurricane season is rare, according to CBS.

The remnants of Katia are expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches over central and northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and northern Puebla through this afternoon.

Hurricane Katia intensified to Category 2 on Friday as it move west-southwest across the Gulf of Mexico.

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NHC noted that unsafe storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 5 to 7 feet above normal tide levels near and to the north of where Katia makes landfall. Here's the five-day track as of 7 a.m. Thursday. The National Hurricane Center noted an area of low pressure off the coast of Africa and issued advisories as it turned into a tropical storm and then a hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center placed the entire Georgia coast under a hurricane watch Saturday as residents packed their cars and trickled onto the highways in six counties under a mandatory evacuation. NOAA's outlook at the time included between 14 and 19 named storms, of which five or nine could turn into hurricanes and two to five of them into major tropical cyclones. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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