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Mexico braces itself for impact of Hurricane Katia

Mexico braces itself for impact of Hurricane Katia

Katia transitioned from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, and was a Category 2 hurricane as of 4 p.m. Friday, with sustained wind speeds of 105 miles per hour.

After arriving in Mexico - as all hurricanes do when they hit land - Katia quickly weakened with winds of about 35 miles per hour.

Katia is expected to make landfall on Saturday morning, when it is forecast to become a major category 2 hurricane with winds of up to 110mph, the NHC said.

At 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT/1200 UTC) on September 8 the center of Hurricane Katia was located near 21.1 degrees north latitude and 95.6 degrees west longitude. Irma is about 300 miles from Miami and moving about 13 mph toward the west.

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.

Another report mentioned that Katia is believed to make a landfall by Friday evening or Saturday morning. Hurricane conditions are expected within portions of the hurricane warning area tonight or early Saturday, with tropical storm conditions expected within the tropical storm warning areas later Friday.

Katia is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla.

Waves "reaching more than three metres" are possible along some of Mexico's coast within the next three hours, the US Tsunami Warning System said.

The National Hurricane Center is warning that "this rainfall will likely cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain".

SWELLS: Swells generated by Katia will continue to affect portions of the coast of southeastern Mexico during the next couple of days. This is the storm's track, as of 10 a.m. Friday.


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