Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall near Tecolutla, Mexico

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall near Tecolutla, Mexico

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall near Tecolutla, Mexico

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

It lost some strength before it landed about 115 miles (185 km) northwest of the port city of Veracruz as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds 75 mph (120 km/h).

The government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning for the coast from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde and a tropical storm warning for Cabo Rojo north to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

The hurricane center says the storm is expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rain to the area, which has a history of deadly mudslides and flooding.

Katia is a much smaller storm than Hurricane Irma, which is causing devastation in the Caribbean and is expected to arrive in Florida this weekend. The forecasters are expecting to see the hurricane move slowly towards the Mexican coast on Friday, Sept. 8, before making a landfall on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Hurricane Katia, the sixth hurricane of the 2017 season, is expected to make landfall in Mexico early Saturday morning.

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

Almost 2,900 people have been evacuated from their homes in Veracruz, and 1,500 more relocated to storm shelters in the neighboring Puebla state, AP reports. The quake hit the southern Pacific coast of Mexico just before midnight on Thursday, becoming one of the most powerful earthquakes the Latin American country had ever experienced. Farther out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose has nearly hit Category 5 strength, with tops winds of 155 miles per hour.

Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

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