Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat

Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat

Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat

Katia formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, as the powerful Hurricane Irma moved on its destructive path through the Caribbean with Hurricane Jose not far behind.

Katia was about 125 miles (201 km) west northwest of the port of Veracruz by midmorning on Saturday, the NHC said, noting that the threat of heavy rainfall continued. Tropical storm warnings are also announced in the northern part of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco as well as the southern areas of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

But it was still expected to bring life-threatening floods and storm surge off the Gulf, though the extent of the storm's impact was unclear in the dark of night.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for coastal areas of Mexico between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde.

Lifeguards are pictured at a lifeguard post ahead of Hurricane Katia in Veracruz, Mexico, September 7, 2017.

Katia, a category one hurricane, was around 195 miles northeast of Veracruz at 12:00 GMT Thursday - with sustained winds of 80 miles (129 kph) per hour and gusts of 96 mph (154 kph), according to the National Meteorological Service of Mexico.

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Katia made landfall Friday night as a hurricane.

Another report mentioned that Katia is believed to make a landfall by Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Conagua says that very strong storms in Tamaulipas, State of Mexico and Mexico City will be felt before Katia dissipates.

This is the first time in seven years that three hurricanes developed over the Atlantic at the same time.

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