Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cat 1 Hurricane Katia making landfall in Mexico

Cat 1 Hurricane Katia making landfall in Mexico

After 185mph Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean - closely followed by Hurricane Jose - Katia bore down on the east coast of Mexico, a nation reeling from a devastating quake. At Category 1 hurricane it had winds of 75 miles per hour.

Meteorologists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have predicted that around eight tropical storm formations will be created in the Pacific and five or six in the Atlantic during the 2017 hurricane season.

However, Katia took a different direction - southwest towards Mexico.

And Hurricane Katia will likely make landfall on Saturday in Mexico, USA Today reported. It then was downgraded to a tropical storm and forecasters expect it to dissipate Saturday.

Katia is expected to produce rainfall of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla, the National Hurricane Center said. At the same time, Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night, after weakening to a Category 4 earlier in the day.

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Below are some more images shared by Hurricane Hunters from inside Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Jose is in the open Atlantic, some 415 miles (670 km) east of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles islands.

For the first time in years, there are three hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Texas and Louisiana are still reeling from the flooding and destruction left by Hurricane Harvey at the end of August. Along those parts of the coast, Katia's storm surge - the quick rise in water caused by a hurricane's strong winds - could raise water levels as much as 8 feet above normal tides.

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