Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 2 storm in Gulf of Mexico

Aaron Brown
September 10, 2017

Areas of Mexico to the north of Cabo Rojo and to the south of Laguna Verde are under a tropical-storm warning. The hurricane is expected to be nearly a Category 3 storm when it makes landfall in Mexico early Saturday.

On Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible-light image of Hurricane Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Mexican authorities are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Katia, which could affect over a million people as it rumbles towards the state of Veracruz from the Gulf of Mexico.

The US National Hurricane Centre said that as a depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of almost 35 miles per hour and should dissipate over the mountains of central eastern Mexico later on Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued warnings in the areas within Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde in Mexico as Katia threatens to pass by the eastern coast of the country.

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Only 26 minutes separated the announcements of Irma and Katia making landfall. Conagua says that very strong storms in Tamaulipas, State of Mexico and Mexico City will be felt before Katia dissipates.

It is one of three active hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean alongside Category Five Irma and Category One Jose.

Katia has made landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico, as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph). In isolated parts of northern Veracruz, up to 25 inches of rain is possible.

The torrential rainfall from Katia - now a category 1 hurricane - may cause "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain", it said.

Storm force winds of up to 90mph are forecast to slam into the eastern coast of Mexico later today, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC).

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