NASA sees remnants of Katia dissipating after Mexico landfall

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2017

The storm was named on Tuesday and became a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon when its maximum sustained winds hit 75 miles per hour.

At 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT/1500 UTC) on Saturday, Sept. 9, the National Hurricane Center issued the final advisory on Katia. Two other menacing hurricanes, Jose and Katia, were swirling in the Atlantic Ocean basin and forecast to strengthen and impact land areas late Friday into the weekend.

Philip Klotzbach, a specialist hurricane forecaster for CSU, tweeted: "'The Atlantic now has three hurricanes active at the same time: "#Irma, #Jose and #Katia.

As Katia rapidly weakened, Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic.

On Friday September 8 Hurricane Jose was 335 miles south east of the Northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean and was moving in a north westerly direction.

The last time three hurricanes were active at once was 2010, when hurricanes Igor, Julia and Karl were classified as hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Meanwhile Jose, a Category 4 on the Saffir Simpson scale of 1 to 5, is fast on the heels of Irma, pummeling the Caribbean for the second time in the span of a few days. The average season only produces about three major hurricanes, which are a category 3 or higher.

But also know: Wind speed is just one factor that makes a hurricane unsafe. It was to break up over eastern Mexico, with heavy rains still expected.

Two people died in a mudslide in Mexico sparked by storm Katia, and thousands were left without power as the weather front dissipated inland on Saturday, threatening to dump rains in waterlogged areas also shaken by a major natural disaster this week.

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast on Saturday as it headed for Florida.

Hurricane Irma destroyed 90 percent of the tiny island of Barbuda (above) when it made landfall early on Wednesday.

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