Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat

Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat

The Hurricane Warning previously issued between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde was changed to a Tropical Storm Warning, the National Hurricane Center said.

According to reports, the Katia could possibly bring a strong volume of rainfall that can result to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, particularly in the areas' mountainous terrain.

Hurricane Katia strengthened on Friday to Category Two storm on a scale of five as it raged towards the eastern coast of Mexico, authorities said.

Katia made landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico late Friday as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

Katia has "worrying characteristics" as it is very slow moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks, Luis Felipe Puente, the chief of Mexico's national emergency services, told domestic television on Wednesday, reported Reuters.

The storm is expected to further weaken as it moves inland, and is expected to dissipate Saturday. Katia made landfall Friday night as a hurricane.

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.

Meanwhile, Mexico is dealing with the aftermath of a powerful quake on Thursday night. Hardest-hit was Juchitan, Oaxaca, where 36 people died and a third of the city's homes collapsed or were otherwise rendered uninhabitable, President Enrique Pena Nieto said late Friday in an interview with the Televisa news network.

Mexican soldiers who form part of the national disaster program patrol the coastway along the beach in Barra de Cazones, in Veracruz state, on September 7, 2017.

Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

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