Hurricane Katia expected to strengthen as it nears Mexico

Jose strengthens to a Category 3 hurricane

Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services agency, said two people were killed by the hurricane, which roared onshore in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds.

Katia is stationary and isn't expected to move much as of Thursday night.

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.

The center of the system touched the coastline at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday in the vicinity of Rancho Nuevo, Veracruz and has kept moving west-southwest, reports SMN. Tropical storm warnings are also announced in the northern part of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco as well as the southern areas of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Conagua says that very strong storms in Tamaulipas, State of Mexico and Mexico City will be felt before Katia dissipates. Irma, on the other hand, is almost 400 miles wide.

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Fluctuations in Hurricane Jose's intensity are possible for the next day or so, the National Hurricane Center said, and the storm is expected to gradually weaken after that. In isolated areas, total accumulated rainfall could be as high as 25 inches.

Meanwhile, several shelters have opened as areas at risk of landslides are evacuated.

As Katia reached the Mexican Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast.

The peak of the season is usually around September 10, and the fourth hurricane of the season doesn't typically occur until about September 21.

Texas and Louisiana are still reeling from the flooding and destruction left by Hurricane Harvey at the end of August.

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