Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Tomas Mccoy
September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma has torn through St. Barts, St. Martin, Antigua, Anguilla, the British and US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Barbuda.

Irma has the potential to cause the most damage, and the trifecta of hurricanes has experts anxious about the potential destruction from the back-to-back-to-back storms.

Irma has the lowest minimum pressure in its lifetime of an Atlantic hurricane on record, outside of the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.


HURRICANE Jose was classed as a Category 4 storm and described as "extremely dangerous" as it followed in the path of the ruinous Irma.

As if the Atlantic hadn't had an already active hurricane season, tropical storms Katia and Jose reached enough strength Wednesday afternoon to reach hurricane status.

Katia was initially measured as a Category 1 storm with 75 miles per hour winds - far less powerful than Irma, which is quickly approaching Florida, and Jose which remains farther out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Katia spins in the Gulf of Mexico and will strengthen and Hurricane Jose is behind Irma about 1,060 kilometres east of the Lesser Antilles. Hurricane Harvey hit southeastern Texas as a Category 4 storm on the wind scale, with top winds above 130 miles per hour, and finished with an ACE of 11.1. A hurricane watch is in effect from Cabo Rojo to the northern border of the state. It rapidly weakened further over land into a tropical storm.

Due to a large patch of dry air over Louisiana and Texas, Katia will not move northward into Hurricane Harvey-devastated areas, Accuweather reported. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are offline nearly entirely.

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