Katia dissipates over Mexico but heavy rainfall continues

12 September, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

As photos depicting the devastation already caused by Hurricane Irma circulate online, astronauts at the International Space Station captured jarring images the enormous storm swirling toward Florida. 11 September, 1961, saw four simultaneous major Atlantic cyclones, Betsy, Carla, Debbie, and Esther-all Category 3 or higher.

Here is a great tool from WNYC to monitor the progress of all three hurricanes (you can switch between storms by selecting the name of the storm on the top left).

Forecasters expect the storm to make landfall this weekend in Mexico.

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Hurricane Katia made landfall on Friday near the working-class beach resort of Tecolutla in the state of Veracruz on the Mexican Gulf coast, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Katia is moving toward the west-southwest near 3 miles per hour (6 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue until the system makes landfall within the hurricane warning area by early Saturday, Sept. 9. A tropical storm watch has also been issued for Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, and St. Eustatius. The National Hurricane Center says Irma made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba late Friday and has maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour.

On the tiny island of Barbuda - where the hurricane first made landfall - cell towers snapped under the force of 185-mile per hour winds, cutting off communication. It's then predicted to turn northeast, traveling north of the coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday before turning back into the ocean.

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As of 7 a.m., Hurricane Katia was 210 miles east of Tampico, Mexico, and 195 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.

By Saturday morning, Katia's index score had fallen as the storm weakened, with Irma and Jose holding power-levels similar to those seen on Friday.

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This rainfall will continue the risk of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain.

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