Katia makes landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast, weakens to tropical storm

Katia lands at Veracruz as a Category 1

Forecasters warned that Hurricane Katia could strengthen as it moves toward the coast of Mexico early Friday.

The US National Hurricane Centre said that as a depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of almost 35 miles per hour and should dissipate over the mountains of central eastern Mexico later on Saturday. The storm was expected to weaken rapidly over the next day, the NHC said.

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

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

As a result of its geographical location and Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, Mexico is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, with at least a dozen weather events every year.

Katia lands at Veracruz as a Category 1
Katia makes landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast, weakens to tropical storm

Katia was initially measured as a Category 1 storm with 75 miles per hour winds - far less powerful than Irma, which is quickly approaching Florida, and Jose which remains farther out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Katia emerged as a hurricane on Friday near Tecolutla, Mexico.

Mexican authorities are preparing for the impact of Hurricane Katia, which could affect over a million people as it rumbles towards the state of Veracruz from the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic and was nearing Category 5 strength as it churned about 700 kilometres east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

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

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