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Katia weakens to tropical depression over Mexico

13 Septembre 2017

Katia is the eleventh Atlantic storm named so far this year, following on from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.

Hurricanes need water to be at least 79 degrees Fahrenheit.

The death toll in Mexico's natural disaster has risen to 64 with three more deaths reported in the southern border state of Chiapas.

Jose could hit some of the same small islands in the northern Lesser Antilles decimated by Irma. Meanwhile, Irma is now headed toward the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos and Cuba, and is expected to reach Florida on Sunday, according to ABC News. It's about 400 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. The state is shutting down nuclear power plants, and NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral has closed.

For comparison, Hurricane Harvey unloaded over 50 inches of rain east of Houston, Texas last week.

Yunes said Saturday that there were no other reports of major damage, though he said some rivers had risen to near flood stage. "The latest estimate shows that FEMA has enough to get through Saturday", an official told CNN. It is expected to stay on that course over the next couple of days and gradually strengthen.

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After arriving in Mexico - as all hurricanes do when they hit land - Katia quickly weakened with winds of about 35 miles per hour.

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms - that is, storms that have 39 miles per hour winds or higher. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said it's possible a mandatory evacuation may be ordered by Friday. Also under a tropical storm warning are Saba and St. Eustatius. "If we don't, it could be devastating".

A photo taken on September 5, 2017 in Saint-Barthelemy, on the island of Guadeloupe, as part of preparations ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma, a Category Five storm further to the west, is now battering the Caribbean and threatening Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and south Florida. It's projected Jose will less likely impact the same areas as Irma since it will veer more north after grazing by the Carribean islands.

Mr Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, has said that Katia had "worrying characteristics", as it was very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz, the NHC stated.

Katia weakens to tropical depression over Mexico