Tropical Storm Katia Weakens As It Enters Mexico

More than 60 people were killed, at last count.

Storm Katia weakened to a tropical depression on Saturday as it moved into the interior of Mexico, but it could still dump heavy rains on areas that have absorbed large amounts of precipitation and been shaken by a massive quake in recent days. 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. And it's likely to strike land just about a day after the country was hit by a major, magnitude 8.1 quake.

Katia made landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico late Friday as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph). At 8 a.m. ET Saturday, Katia had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. Forecasters said it could become a major hurricane by the time in hits land on Saturday.

Another report mentioned that Katia is believed to make a landfall by Friday evening or Saturday morning.

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Mexico's national emergency services said this week that Katia was worrying because it is very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks. A hurricane warning means that it's expected to hit about 12-24 hours, the NHC noted in its update.

It made landfall near beach resort of Tecolutla in Veracruz.

Meanwhile, Mexico is dealing with the aftermath of a powerful natural disaster on Thursday night. To the east, Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 storm, was following behind, threatening further damage in Irma's wake.

Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

  • Sonia Alvarado