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Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat

12 September 2017

There are maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, but higher gusts possible.

Residents observe the levels of the Tecoluca River, in Mexico's Veracruz state, after Hurricane Katia.

Irma, a Category 4 storm expected to make landfall in Florida on Sunday morning, has an ACE of 58.09 so far, according to data from the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University.

Storm Katia weakens after reaching Mexican coast
In its 4 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Katia now has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour . Forecasters say Hurricane Katia is making landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast as a Category 1 storm.

The US National Hurricane Centre said that as a depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of almost 35 miles per hour and should dissipate over the mountains of central eastern Mexico later on Saturday.

Irma has the potential to cause the most damage, and the trifecta of hurricanes has experts anxious about the potential destruction from the back-to-back-to-back storms.

Only 26 minutes separated the announcements of Irma and Katia making landfall.

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Katia is expected to produce rainfall of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla, the National Hurricane Center said. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

As Katia was making landfall, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast as a Category 5 storm. Here's the five-day track as of 7 a.m. Thursday.

- Wind: Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area by late Friday, with tropical storm conditions expected within the tropical warning areas by mid-day Friday.

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Yunes said Saturday that there were no other reports of major damage, though he said some rivers had risen to near flood stage. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat