Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

Like Irma, Jose is a Cape Verde hurricane, a type of storm that forms in the far eastern Atlantic, near the Cape Verde Islands (now known as Cabo Verde). The image showed that deep convection and thunderstorms were forming over the center. The National Hurricane Center predicts little movement for Katia over the next few days, but the forecast suggested it would become a hurricane before approaching the coast of the Mexican state of Veracruz. A hurricane watch has been issued for the Mexican state of Veracruz by the Mexican government.

Jose and Katia strengthened Wednesday afternoon, bringing the number of hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin to three.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose continued to move northwestward in the Atlantic and was blowing winds of 145 mph as a Category 4 storm about 120 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) on Saturday.

As for Tropical Storm Jose, it is now closely behind Irma, at around 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles as of September 6 at 11 a.m. ET.

"This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain", the Miami-based NHC said.

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Jose is expected to reach hurricane strength later in the day, the NHC said.

Because of the close proximity to land, the National Hurricane Center cautioned about the heavy rainfall the storm is expected to generate.

Irma is the largest recorded storm in the Atlantic basin outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 185 miles per hour. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 millibars.

This means hurricane conditions are possible yet again for the region within 48 hours of the warning.

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