Satellites show Hurricane Katia crawling to the Mexico coast

The Caribbean region was hunkering down as monster Hurricane Irma slammed into Barbuda as a rare Category Five storm early Wedne

NASA sees Tropical Storm Katia develop near Mexico's east coast

Hurricane Katia made landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast Friday night. It is moving westerly at 3 miles per hour.

Hurricane Katia, the sixth hurricane of the 2017 season, is expected to make landfall in Mexico early Saturday morning.

Katia was downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane when it was about 185 kilometres northwest of Veracruz with sustained winds of 65 km/h, the centre said in an advisory. The storm's center is located about 125 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico, and is moving southwest at 7 mph.

The Meteorological forecast for the remainder of Katia is strong winds with gusts of up to 150 kilometers per hour and could exceed 180 km / h with gusts higher than 60 km / h in Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo and Tamaulipas.

The government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning for the coast of Mexico from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde and a tropical storm warning for Cabo Rojo north to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

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

Pena Nieto said the quake killed 45 people in the state of Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas and four in Tabasco, on Mexico's Gulf Coast.

Hurricane conditions are expected within portions of the hurricane warning area tonight or early Saturday, with tropical storm conditions expected within the tropical storm warning areas later Friday.

The SMN has called on populations to take extreme caution due to rain, wind, and flooding in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco. In isolated parts of northern Veracruz, up to 25 inches of rain is possible. No tropical storm watches remain in effect, either. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain.

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