Tropical storms Jose, Katia upgraded to hurricane status

Violet Powell
September 7, 2017

Tropical Storm Katia became the third named storm now in the Atlantic on Wednesday, joining Irma and Jose. This storm is likely to become a hurricane by the end of the week when it will probably threaten northern Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center said at 4 p.m. the center of the tropical depression was located near latitude 22.4 North, longitude 96.7 West.

Katia now has 75 miles per hour winds and is moving southeast at 3 miles per hour. The hurricane is centered about 105 miles east of Tampico, Mexico. The Mexico government issued a hurricane watch for the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde.

Forecasters said the storm is expected to turn southeast within 24 hours and move in that direction through Thursday.

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The Atlantic basin now has three hurricane-strength storms at once.

Katia is now swirling, along with Hurricanes Irma and Jose.

The storm, which is the 11th to be named this hurricane season, is expected to produce 5-10 inches of rainfall over northern Veracruz and 2-5 inches over southern Veracruz, southern Tamaulipas and northeast Puebla through early Saturday.

Hurricane Irma, a Category Five storm further to the west, is now battering the Caribbean and threatening Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and south Florida.

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