Mexico reports 2 dead due to Hurricane Katia

Erica Roy
September 12, 2017

Forecasters said last month the Atlantic hurricane season would be "above-normal", with 14 to 19 named storms ahead of the peak season.

Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at CSU specializing in Atlantic hurricane forecasts, tweeted: 'The Atlantic now has 3 hurricanes active at the same time: #Irma, #Jose and #Katia.

Jose strengthened on Thursday into a unsafe Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Katia has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, and forecasters say it is likely to strengthen.

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Irma and its two siblings, Jose (Category 4), and Katia (now a tropical depression), made Wednesday and Thursday the fourth- and third-most violent dates in the history of ACE Atlantic-basin record-keeping. Tropical-storm-force winds extend out 70 miles. It's then predicted to turn northeast, traveling north of the coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday before turning back into the ocean.

It said a hurricane warning was in effect for parts of the Mexican state of Veracruz between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde, where it could dump 10 to 15 inches of rain.

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. Before Irma, the Okeechobee Hurricane (in 1928) and Hurricane David (1979) were the strongest to hit the area with winds of 160 miles per hour.

Luckily, Hurricane Harvey relief zones should be safe from Katia, as a large swath of dry, sinking air over Texas and Louisiana will keep the system from moving north, according to AccuWeather. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in the mountains. The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are offline nearly entirely.

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