Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 3

Marsha Scott
September 10, 2017

Mexico is dealing with the aftermath of a huge quake that struck on Thursday night, and President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Friday that Katia could be especially risky in hillsides rocked by the magnitude 8.1 tremor. A 8.1-magnitude quake rocked the southern cost area late Thursday.

As Katia was making landfall, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast as a Category 5 storm.

Tropical storm warnings are also announced in the northern part of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco as well as the southern areas of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz. Still, the center predicted the storm could bring 3 to 6 inches of additional rain to a region with a history of flooding and deadly mudslides.

MIAMI - Weather forecasters: Katia becomes a tropical storm as it moves further into Mexico, with speeds of 45 miles per hour.

Hurricane Katia, the sixth hurricane of the 2017 season, is expected to make landfall in Mexico early Saturday morning. Forecasters said it could become a major hurricane by the time in hits land on Saturday. A hurricane warning means that it's expected to hit about 12-24 hours, the NHC noted in its update.

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Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.

Elsewhere, a Category 5 Hurricane Irma left a string of deaths and damage across the Caribbean, battering Cuba late Friday with winds of 160 miles per hour (257 kph) and bearing down on south Florida.

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

Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

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

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