Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Katia downgraded to tropical storm as it moves into Mexico

Katia downgraded to tropical storm as it moves into Mexico

09 de septiembre de 2017, 10:45Mexico, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) After Category 2 hurricane Katia hit Mexico last night, it caused heavy rains in the states of Veracruz, Tabasco, Oaxaca, Puebla and Hidalgo.

The storm later weakened to a tropical depression 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. The storm's center is located about 125 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico, and is moving southwest at 7 mph.

The storm is expected to make landfall in Mexico's southeast coast late Friday or early Saturday.

Katia, a category one hurricane, was around 195 miles northeast of Veracruz at 12:00 GMT Thursday - with sustained winds of 80 miles (129 kph) per hour and gusts of 96 mph (154 kph), according to the National Meteorological Service of Mexico.

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And on August 19, 14 coaches of Utkal Express derailed in the same state, killing at least 24 people and injuring over 150 others. Neeraj Sharma, Railway Spokesman informed that the derailment took place at around 1140 AM and all passengers are safe.

The storm is expected to further weaken as it moves inland, and is expected to dissipate Saturday.

The natural disaster, the strongest to strike Mexico in more than 80 years, killed at least 61 people.

State oil and gas company Pemex has installations in and around the coast of Veracruz, but the firm has not reported any disruption to its operations. Although the storm has lost strength, forecasters caution that large amounts of rainfall are still occurring.

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose. The storm's hurricane-force winds (classified as 74 mph or higher) extend 25 miles out from the center, and the radius of tropical-storm-force winds extends about 70 miles.

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