Katia makes landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast, weakens to tropical storm

12 September, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • Hurricane Katia slams into Mexico's Veracruz state

Tropical-storm-force winds extend out 70 miles.

Call it the summer of storms-there are now three hurricanes swirling around the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Irma is about 300 miles from Miami and moving about 13 mph toward the west. The warmer waters in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico make those areas more prone to cyclones.

A mandatory evacuation is under way in the Florida Keys and is expected to expand at the storm gets nearer. Irma tied with this hurricane for longest time spent in Category 5 strength. It was also expected that Hurricane Jose will flounder in the middle of the North Atlantic early next week. The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 millibars. The lower the pressure the storm has, the stronger the storm tends to be. Hurricane watches, meaning sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher are possible, have been in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Sint Maarten and St. Martin.

In 2010, three hurricanes - Igor, Julia, and Karl - were all active in the Atlantic basin at the same time.

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Irma beat Hurricane Ike for having the most hurricane days.

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Irma has the potential to cause the most damage, and the trifecta of hurricanes has experts anxious about the potential destruction from the back-to-back-to-back storms.

Friday broke that nearly 56-year-old power record by more than 12%. Antigua has issued a hurricane watch for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

Katia has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression as it moves further into Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday (Sept. 9). Jose will not make the same land impact as Irma, though its rains could worsen any ongoing flooding on islands already hit.

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