Katia weakens to a tropical depression as it moves into Mexico
Sep 10 2017
And it's likely to strike land just about a day after the country was hit by a major, magnitude 8.1 natural disaster.
While Category 5 Hurricane Irma is now ransacking the Caribbean and posing a threat to Florida this weekend, those in Mexico may also experience a major weather disturbance with the arrival of Hurricane Katia.
The storm has deluged the mountainous region in Veracruz, which has a history of deadly floods and mudslides.
The natural disaster, the strongest to strike Mexico in more than 80 years, killed at least 61 people.
Yunes said 2,886 had been evacuated from their homes across the state.
As of 5 p.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Katia was spotted around 215 miles east of Tampico, Mexico.
Katia is expected to drop 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla, Mexico.
Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast on Saturday as it headed for Florida.
As Mexican authorities rushed supplies and help to the regions hardest hit by Thursday's massive quake, they also were anxiously watching Hurricane Katia, which struck the eastern coast of Mexico early Saturday as a Category 1 storm.
The storm is expected to further weaken as it moves inland, and is expected to dissipate Saturday.
Katia has moved into Mexico, now as a Tropical Storm packing 45 miles per hour winds.
Elsewhere, a Category 5 Hurricane Irma left a string of deaths and damage across the Caribbean, battering Cuba late Friday with winds of 160 miles per hour (257 kph) and bearing down on south Florida. Three hurricanes are in the Atlantic simultaneously: Katia, Jose, and Irma.
Hundreds of buildings were toppled across a number of southern states, with the hardest-hit being Juchitan and Oaxaca.
Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks. Some were newly homeless, while others feared further aftershocks could topple their cracked adobe dwellings.
Almost 2,900 people have been evacuated from their homes in Veracruz, and 1,500 more relocated to storm shelters in the neighboring Puebla state, AP reports.