Katia weakens to depression in Mexico; rains still a threat

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

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. 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.

Katia has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, and forecasters say it is likely to strengthen.

Irma came less than a fortnight after Hurricane Harvey caused devastating flooding in Texas.

Klotzbach on Saturday evening predicted that Irma would go down as the second strongest storm in recorded history in terms of accumulated cyclone energy, falling short of 2004′s Hurricane Ivan, which battered the Gulf Coast and left 20 dead.

Tropical Storm Katia made landfall in Mexico while Hurricanes Irma and Jose moved through the Atlantic.

Jose is heading for the Caribbean and models then show it veering to the north before Puerto Rico.

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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.

Irma is headed near the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cuba, and the Bahamas next.

At least two people were killed after Hurricane Katia crashed into the southern Mexican coast late Friday and early Saturday as a Category 1 storm, authorities said.

Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic and it was nearing Category 5 strength as it churned about 435 miles (700 km) east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

- Watches and warnings: A hurricane warning is in effect for Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde. This rainfall will continue the risk of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain.

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