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

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Katia gathered strength in the Gulf of Mexico before striking land on SaturdayWhat is Hurricane Katia and where is its path? Although the storm has lost strength, forecasters caution that large amounts of rainfall are still occurring.

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.

Storm Katia rapidly weakened on Saturday after it made landfall near the working-class beach resort of Tecolutla in the state of Veracruz on the Mexican Gulf coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

A lesser warning has also been extended to the central and northern areas of Tamaulipas, Queretaro, Morelos, the State of Mexico and Mexico City.

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Travel could possibly result in citizens being stranded on the roadway or battling high cross winds and rain. But more inland communities could see heavy winds and rain along with an elevated risk of tornadoes.

It was predicted that it would bring rainfall of up to 6 inches to a mountainous area around 145 miles south of Tampico where it has settled, which has a history of mudslides. At the same time, Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night, after weakening to a Category 4 earlier in the day.

Hurricane Irma is threatening the smash into southern Florida after devastating islands in the Caribbean.

This is the first time on record that the Atlantic has had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said. 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. Jose is about 265 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

Texas and Louisiana are still reeling from the flooding and destruction left by Hurricane Harvey at the end of August.

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