Katia Is Making Landfall in Eastern Mexico as a Category 1 Hurricane; Rapid Dissipation Likely

Jonathan Belles
Published: September 8, 2017

Hurricane Katia is making landfall in between Tampico and the city of Veracruz in eastern Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane. 

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Hurricane warnings have been issued for the coast of Mexico from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde in the state of Veracruz. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect from north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Current Watches and Warnings

Katia is expected to slowly track west-southwest inland over eastern Mexico generally toward Mexico City.

Winds are expected to rapidly weaken as the hurricane moves inland over the rugged terrain of the Sierra Madre mountains. 

Current Storm Status

The main threats in eastern Mexico will be heavy rainfall capable of flash flooding and mudslides, as well as gusty winds. Storm surge 5 to 8 feet above normal tide is also possible near and north of Katia.

Katia is currently expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rainfall over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo and Puebla. Isolated amounts up to 25 inches are possible. Over southern Tamaulipas, eastern San Luis Potosi, western Hidalgo, eastern Queretaro and southern Veracruz, rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches are anticipated.

Rainfall Forecast

Check back with weather.com for updates through the weekend ahead.

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