Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic and was nearing Category 5 strength as it churned about 700km east to south-east of the Northern Leeward Islands.

Tropical Storm Jose is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday night, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. Tropical Storm Katia formed early Wednesday off the coast of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center predicted Thursday morning that it would become a major hurricane, Category 3 or higher, and on Friday it was declared a Category 4 storm.

A hurricane warning has been issued for a 130 mile stretch of coastline in the Mexican state of Veracruz, which will bear the brunt of the storm.

At the beginning of this week President Enrique Peña Nieto ordered to activate the Maximum Alert Plan against Katia's impact in the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane force winds extend out 15 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend out to 80 miles from the center.

Storms with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher are classified as major hurricanes. There are now 3 active hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, something that hasn't happened in almost 7 years, dating back to September of 2010.

The storm is now moving west at a speed of 13 miles per hour.

As of a 10:00 AM, tropical storm Jose was located to the east of Hurricane Irma.

It is likely that Jose will continue to strengthen as it is moves westward this week, according to Accuweather.

Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history, hit several Caribbean islands as a "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 storm on Wednesday.

At this time, Jose is not expected to follow the same path as Irma.

- 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.

Right now, it does not appear that the depression will affect the United States.

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