Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Katia weakens to a tropical depression as it moves into Mexico

Katia weakens to a tropical depression as it moves into Mexico

At least two people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katia in Mexico, local authorities report.

The country has been dealing with the arrival of the Gulf coast hurricane while parts of it are already in ruins following a magnitude 8.1 quake. At Category 1 hurricane it had winds of 75 miles per hour.

Storm Katia weakened to a tropical depression on Saturday as it moved into the interior of Mexico, but it could still dump heavy rains on areas that have absorbed large amounts of precipitation and been shaken by a massive natural disaster in recent days.

"We are expecting the hurricane to hit on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday", Veracruz governor Miguel Angel Yunes told Radio Formula.

Mexico's National Water Commission meteorological authority said Katia picked up strength as it swirled in the Gulf of Mexico 205 kilometers (127 miles) from the major port city of Veracruz.

Katia is expected to produce rainfall of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla, the National Hurricane Center said.

As Katia rapidly weakened, Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic.

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

Hundreds of buildings were toppled across a number of southern states, with the hardest-hit being Juchitan and Oaxaca.

Across the country, Hurricane Katia was roaring onshore north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds.

Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

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