Katia weakens to tropical depression after making landfall in Mexico

Kristopher Drake
September 10, 2017

Hurricane Katia has formed as a category 1 storm in the Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

Meanwhile, several shelters have opened as areas at risk of landslides are evacuated.

By Saturday afternoon, the hurricane is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm.

In its 4 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Katia now has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic and was nearing Category 5 strength as it churned about 700 kilometres east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

There are now three hurricanes in the Atlantic. Then hours after hitting the coast, Katia weakened to a tropical storm with winds at just 45 mph.

Katia was expected to begin moving again and turn southward, and it is forecast to hit the state of Veracruz by early Saturday.

Katia transitioned from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, and was a Category 2 hurricane as of 4 p.m. Friday, with sustained wind speeds of 105 miles per hour. Overnight projections of Irma's path showed less of a threat to the Carolinas as the monster storm appeared likely to move directly up the middle of Florida and curve inland. The rains may cause flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas, the NHC said. The flurry of storm activity comes after Hurricane Harvey claimed about 60 lives and caused property damage estimated as high as $180 billion after pummeling the coasts of Texas and Louisiana with torrential rain and severe flooding.

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