Tuesday, 19 September, 2017

Hurricane Katia slams into Mexico's Veracruz state

Tropical storms Jose and Katia join Hurricane Irma in Atlantic Tropical Storm Katia forms in the Gulf of Mexico
Sammy Stanley | 13 September, 2017, 03:55

Category 1 is the NHC's weakest hurricane designation while Category 5 is the strongest.

There are now three hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Jose and Katia strengthened Wednesday afternoon, bringing the number of hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin to three. Jose's projected path is expected to come close to striking Barbuda this weekend.

Like Irma, Jose is a Cape Verde hurricane, a type of storm that forms in the far eastern Atlantic, near the Cape Verde Islands (now known as Cabo Verde).

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Katia was initially measured as a Category 1 storm with 75 miles per hour winds - far less powerful than Irma, which is quickly approaching Florida, and Jose which remains farther out in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm damaged about 95% of the buildings on the island, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said.

The good news with Jose is after passing the Less Antilles, the storm is expected to go northwest into the open Atlantic Ocean.

REUTERS/VICTOR YANEZA resident from Veracruz, Mexico prepares for the possible destruction that Hurricane Katia might bring when it makes a landfall in the country this weekend.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Katia's maximum sustained winds have dropped to 75 miles per hour as it hits land north of Tecolutla, in Veracruz state. Tropical storm warnings are also announced in the northern part of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco as well as the southern areas of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

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