Katia downgraded to tropical storm as it moves into Mexico

Violet Powell
September 10, 2017

As Mexican authorities rushed supplies and help to the regions hardest hit by Thursday's massive quake, they also were anxiously watching Hurricane Katia, which struck the eastern coast of Mexico early Saturday as a Category 1 storm. The mountainous region where the storm has been dumping rain has a history of deadly floods and slides.

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.

Mexican authorities are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Katia, which could affect over a million people as it rumbles towards the state of Veracruz from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Katia is expected to drop 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla, Mexico.

"We are expecting the hurricane to hit on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday", Veracruz governor Miguel Angel Yunes told Radio Formula. Katia was initially measured as a Category 1 storm with 75 miles per hour winds - far less powerful than Irma, which is quickly approaching Florida, and Jose which remains farther out in the Atlantic Ocean. To the east, Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 storm, was following behind, threatening further damage in Irma's wake. 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.

Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

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