Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Hurricane Katia Brings Heavy Rain to Mexico a Day After Quake

Hurricane Katia Brings Heavy Rain to Mexico a Day After Quake

Jose has become the tenth named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, well east of Hurricane Irma.

Katia's maximum sustained winds are 75mph (120 km/h), compared with Irma's 185 miles per hour (295 km/h), which makes the latter one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in history. While there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, interests in the Leeward Islands are advised to monitor the progress of the storm.

HURRICANE Jose was classed as a Category 4 storm and described as "extremely dangerous" as it followed in the path of the ruinous Irma.

Fluctuations in Hurricane Jose's intensity are possible for the next day or so, the National Hurricane Center said, and the storm is expected to gradually weaken after that. So even though there are 3 Atlantic hurricanes right now, Irma remains to be the dominant threat to the USA and something that will obviously be watched closely as we head into the weekend.

Since Jose is following the same path as Irma, the question of many is if it will be as devastating as the Category 5 storm. The Category 3 storm had maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and could strengthen on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. While Harvey moved north, Katia is expected to stay within the area, hitting Mexico's east coast sometime tonight.

According to meteorologists, it is common for major storms to hit consecutively but rare for more than one to hit the USA in one hurricane season.

While Jose could miss these islands, hurricane watches have been issued.

Four other storms have had winds as strong in the overall Atlantic region but they were in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, which are usually home to warmer waters that fuel cyclones.

"It's not official, but today will be the highest daily ACE that the Atlantic has recorded", said Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University.

All eyes are on Hurricane Irma as it moves toward Florida, but it's not alone.

The storm could also produce 10-15 inches of rain in Mexico, with isolated areas getting up to 25 inches, which raises the risk of flooding and mudslides. Mexico City could potentially be hit as well, if the storm maintains its strength after landfall.

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