Mexico braces itself for impact of Hurricane Katia

Posted September 10, 2017

More than 60 people were killed, at last count.

As of 11 p.m. EDT, the NHC recorded that Hurricane Katia has a maximum sustained wind of 85 miles per hour and moving towards a western path at 3 miles per hour.

As Mexican authorities rushed supplies and help to the regions hardest hit by Thursday's massive natural disaster, they also were anxiously watching Hurricane Katia, which struck the eastern coast of Mexico early Saturday as a Category 1 storm.

According to reports, the Katia could possibly bring a strong volume of rainfall that can result to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, particularly in the areas' mountainous terrain.

Hurricane Katia has made landfall 20 kilometers from Tecolutla and hit as a Category 1.

Katia is still expected to cause chaos and leave 250 millimeters of rain in Veracruz and Puebla, as well as torrential storms in San Luis Potosí and Hidalgo and intense storm conditions in Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco. It then was downgraded to a tropical storm and forecasters expect it to dissipate Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued warnings in the areas within Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde in Mexico as Katia threatens to pass by the eastern coast of the country.

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose. 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. Some were newly homeless, while others feared further aftershocks could topple their cracked adobe dwellings.