Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Katia makes landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast, weakens to tropical storm

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico Katia makes landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast, weakens to tropical storm
Elaine Woods | 12 September, 2017, 00:43

Irma came less than a fortnight after Hurricane Harvey caused devastating flooding in Texas. Storms of Category 3 and above are defined as major hurricanes.

Here is a great tool from WNYC to monitor the progress of all three hurricanes (you can switch between storms by selecting the name of the storm on the top left).

Hurricane Irma's inching closer to Florida's southeastern coast and will likely make landfall by the end of the weekend.

The space agency's own Kennedy Space Center is predicted to be among the many structures in Irma's path, which the US National Hurricane Center said was now moving over the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose continued to move northwestward in the Atlantic and was blowing winds of 145 mph as a Category 4 storm about 160 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands early on Saturday morning. A tropical storm watch has also been issued for Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, and St. Eustatius.

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Hurricane Katia is expected to make landfall in Mexico.

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm's maximum sustained winds had dropped Saturday morning to about 35 miles per hour.

Jose is heading for the Caribbean and models then show it veering to the north before Puerto Rico.

Irma's center is forecast to enter southern Georgia far inland Monday and plow northward as a tropical storm or depression. Before Irma, the Okeechobee Hurricane (in 1928) and Hurricane David (1979) were the strongest to hit the area with winds of 160 miles per hour.

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