Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Posted September 10, 2017

Tropical Storm Katia has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression as it moves into the interior of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center, NHC, has announced.

Katia made landfall as a hurricane late Friday (Sept. 8) north of Tecolutla, the National Hurricane Center said. Katia is anticipated to drift toward the coast on Thursday.

Hurricane Katia, the sixth hurricane of the 2017 season, is expected to make landfall in Mexico early Saturday morning. The flurry of storm activity comes after Hurricane Harvey claimed about 60 lives and caused property damage estimated as high as $180 billion after pummeling the coasts of Texas and Louisiana with torrential rain and severe flooding.

Meanwhile, Mexico is dealing with the aftermath of a powerful natural disaster on Thursday night.

The natural disaster, the strongest to strike Mexico in more than 80 years, killed at least 61 people. At the same time, Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night, after weakening to a Category 4 earlier in the day.

Millions of Florida residents were ordered to evacuate after the storm killed 21 people in the eastern Caribbean and left catastrophic destruction in its wake.

The hurricane is located 120 miles southeast of Tampico, Mexico, and 125 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico. State oil and gas company Pemex has installations in and around the coast of Veracruz, but so far the firm has not reported any interruptions to its operations.