Hurricane Katia Slams Into Mexico's Veracruz State

13 September, 2017, 15:24 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • People cover the windows of their property ahead of Hurricane Katia in Vega de Alatorre Mexico

Katia made landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico late on Friday, bringing winds of 75mph. The National Hurricane Center says Irma made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba late Friday and has maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour.

People cover the windows of their property ahead of Hurricane Katia, in Vega de Alatorre, Mexico September 8, 2017.

The storm was expected to stall near the Sierra Madre Mountains, the centre said.

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An average Atlantic hurricane season - which runs from June 1 to November 30 - produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

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

This is the first time on record that the Atlantic has had two hurricanes with winds of more than 150 miles per hour at the same time, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said. 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.

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Hurricane Jose, around 1,000 miles to the east, is following a similar path and could hit the same islands in the coming days.

Two people died in a mudslide in Mexico sparked by storm Katia, and thousands were left without power as the weather front dissipated inland on Saturday, threatening to dump rains in waterlogged areas also shaken by a major quake this week.

Veracruz state officials said in a statement on Friday that the storm could cause landslides and flooding, and urged people living below hills and slopes to be prepared to evacuate.

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State energy company Pemex has installations in and around the coast of Veracruz but has not reported any disruption to its operations.

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