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Satellites show Hurricane Katia crawling to the Mexico coast

09 September, 2017, 12:13 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 2 as it nears Mexico

Hurricane Katia - one of three swirling south of the United States - strengthened to a Category 3 storm off Mexico's gulf waters, forecasters said Friday.

As of 11 p.m. EDT, the NHC recorded that Hurricane Katia has a maximum sustained wind of 85 miles per hour and moving towards a western path at 3 miles per hour.

The landfall of Katia comes as Mexico, particularly the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, are dealing with damage from the strongest quake in the country for decades.

The National Hurricane Center offered blunt warnings about the "extremely dangerous" storm.




The storm is expected to make landfall in Mexico's southeast coast late Friday or early Saturday. Large and destructive waves are expected on Mexico's coast, the advisory said. Rainfall between two and five inches is also possible over southern Tamaulipas, eastern San Luis Potosi, western Hidalgo, eastern Queretaro and southern Veracruz through Saturday evening. The rain may bring life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

At 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT/1200 UTC) on September 8 the center of Hurricane Katia was located near 21.1 degrees north latitude and 95.6 degrees west longitude.

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.

Across the country, Hurricane Katia was roaring onshore north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds. The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 millibars.

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