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Hurricane Katia Slams Into Mexico's Veracruz State

10 September 2017, 03:37 | Myrtle Vega

Hurricane Katia Slams Into Mexico's Veracruz State

Hurricane Katia 2017 Forecast Map Path & Live Updates

Along those parts of the coast, Katia's storm surge - the quick rise in water caused by a hurricane's strong winds - could raise water levels as much as 8 feet above normal tides.

Forecasters said Hurricane Katia could have "major" strength when it makes landfall in Mexico.

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.

"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.

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

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The quake, the strongest to strike Mexico in more than 80 years, killed at least 61 people.

Hurricane Jose remains a Category 4 as the storm moves over the western Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said. It was nearing nearing Category 5 strength as it churned about 97 km east of the Northern Leeward Islands early on Saturday morning.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Martin, Sint Maarten and St. Barthelemy, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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