Mexico braces itself for impact of Hurricane Katia

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The storm is expected to make landfall in Mexico's southeast coast late Friday or early Saturday.

It's the third major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, the hurricane center says.

Tropical storm Katia left at least two people dead in Mexico's Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, and threatened to inflict more landslides and flooding from heavy rains and overflowing rivers, governor Miguel Angel Yunes said on Saturday.

Five days of rain are forecast for most of Mexico's territory due to the effects of Katia, Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Jose, said Luis Felipe Puente, the head of Mexico's national emergency services. So even though there are 3 Atlantic hurricanes right now, Irma remains to be the dominant threat to the USA and something that will obviously be watched closely as we head into the weekend.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 5 storm's maximum sustained winds are near 180 miles per hour (290 kph).

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Hurricanes Jose and Katia are both getting stronger.

However the NHC did note that, "interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the future progress of Jose". The government has extended the Hurricane Watch northward along the coast to Cabo Rojo.

Jose, which is in the open Atlantic, has top sustained winds of 85 miles per hour as of 11 p.m. Wednesday.

For the first time in years, there are three hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Forecasters expect Jose to become a hurricane by 8 am ET Thursday, though it will still be far at sea.

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