Mexico reports 2 dead due to Hurricane Katia

Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Mexico reports 2 dead due to Hurricane Katia

Katia formed as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday morning, then reached hurricane status by the late afternoon with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Hurricane Katia made landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast Friday night.

Katia, located over Mexico, dissipated on September 9, 2017. It's moving west-southwest at 7 miles per hour.

Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic and it was nearing Category 5 strength as it churned about 435 miles (700 km) east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

Georgia is bracing for potentially far-flung impacts from Hurricane Irma, which forecasters say could swamp the coast with storm surge near Savannah and topple trees and power lines in Atlanta.

On the tiny island of Barbuda - where the hurricane first made landfall - cell towers snapped under the force of 185-mile per hour winds, cutting off communication.

NHC noted that risky storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 5 to 7 feet above normal tide levels near and to the north of where Katia makes landfall. Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi.

"Everyone who lives in an area at risk of landslides must vacate their homes, because it will continue to rain, the ground is getting softer and we should not run risks", said Yunes. Here's the five-day track as of 7 a.m. Thursday. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall.

The tropical storm is a category 5 hurricane and has left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean.

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