Tropical Storm Katia Weakens As It Enters Mexico

Storms like Harvey and Irma came over the Atlantic Ocean from the same spot

Storms like Harvey and Irma came over the Atlantic Ocean from the same spot

The National Hurricane Center says Irma made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba late Friday and has maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour.

The Mexican government has ended all tropical storm warnings.

With almost 12 full weeks of hurricane season still ahead of the Atlantic coast of the U.S. researchers are looking at the atmosphere over a specific spot off the coast of the Cape Verde islands near Western Africa

A cold front over Texas will keep Katia from pushing north, forcing the storm to hang around in the western Gulf before turning south and southwest and driving into eastern Mexico later this week.

Katia was a smaller hurricane in comparison to more unsafe Irma and Jose.

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Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, made landfall in Cuba on Friday as a Category 5 storm.

Mexican emergency workers are also scrambling to respond to an 8.1-magnitude quake that struck off the country's southern Pacific coast late Thursday, killing at least 61 people.

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Officials in Veracruz said Katia could cause landslides and flooding, and urged people living below hills and slopes to be prepared to evacuate.

Katia has "worrying characteristics" because it is very slow moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks, Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, told domestic television on Wednesday. The storm's hurricane-force winds (classified as 74 mph or higher) extend 25 miles out from the center, and the radius of tropical-storm-force winds extends about 70 miles. At the same time, Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night, after weakening to a Category 4 earlier in the day.

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It then was downgraded to a tropical storm and forecasters expect it to dissipate Saturday.

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