2 dead, damage in Mexico after Hurricane Katia strikes

10 September, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Katia came at a time Mexico was already dealing with a major disaster. The country has been dealing with twin national emergencies this week: at least a further 65 people had already been killed in an quake, the strongest in decades.

The country has been dealing with the arrival of the Gulf coast hurricane while parts of it are already in ruins following a magnitude 8.1 quake.

It lost some strength before it landed about 115 miles (185 km) northwest of the port city of Veracruz as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds 75 mph (120 km/h).

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.

Katia has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression as it moves further into Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday. It rapidly weakened further over land into a tropical storm.


The hurricane center says the storm is expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rain to the area, which has a history of deadly mudslides and flooding.

Hurricane Katia, the sixth hurricane of the 2017 season, is expected to make landfall in Mexico early Saturday morning. A hurricane warning means that it's expected to hit about 12-24 hours, the NHC noted in its update.

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico and a raging hurricane dealt a devastating one-two punch to the country, killing at least 61 people as workers scrambled to respond to the twin national emergencies. Three hurricanes are in the Atlantic simultaneously: Katia, Jose, and Irma.

In downtown Juchitan, the remains of brick walls and clay tile roofs cluttered streets as families dragged mattresses onto sidewalks to spend a second anxious night sleeping outdoors.

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