Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2017

The interior department in neighboring Puebla state evacuated 1,500 people to storm shelters as a preventative measures, but reported no serious damage or deaths. Systems of Category 3 and higher are defined as major hurricanes by the NHC.

"The power of this quake was devastating", Pena Nieto said, speaking from Juchitan de Zaragoa, a city in Oaxaca state where at least 36 people died. The tiny island of Barbuda was completely devastated. "Barbuda right now is literally rubble...."

Florida residents are battening down the hatches in preparation for Irma's arrival, and some 15 million people have been told to evacuate. The hurricane is expected to be nearly a Category 3 storm when it makes landfall in Mexico early Saturday.

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

But Harvey and Irma aren't all of it.

Storm Katia rapidly weakened on Saturday after it made landfall near the working-class beach resort of Tecolutla in the state of Veracruz on the Mexican Gulf coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Hurricane scientists are stunned.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz, the NHC stated. "Never seen anything like this in the modern record".

"Little overall motion is anticipated through late Thursday, but then the hurricane is forecast to turn southwestward and be approaching the coast within the watch area late Friday or early Saturday", the hurricane center says.

In the Dominican Republic, people look at what remains of their home as Hurricane Irma moves away.

Before Jose's slight weakening, the Atlantic had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time for the first time on record, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said Friday.

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