13 September, 2017
The National Hurricane Center noted that a NASA Global Precipitation Measurement mission (GPM) satellite microwave composite image indicated improved banding over the western portion of the circulation and the earlier ragged eye presentation has become much more distinct.
The National Hurricane Center said that the storm, located east of the Lesser Antilles, was packing winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kilometers per hour), as it moved northwest at almost 18 miles per hour (30 kilometers per hour). Katia is a Category 1, and is expected to make landfall late Friday. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Katia was expected to begin moving again and turn southward, and it is forecast to hit the state of Veracruz by early Saturday.
The SMN has called on populations to take extreme caution due to rain, wind, and flooding in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco. Forecasters said this rainfall will likely cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.
At 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT/1200 UTC) on September 8 the center of Hurricane Katia was located near 21.1 degrees north latitude and 95.6 degrees west longitude.
While it is possible that the storm will not make landfall, a hurricane watch has been issued for Antigua and Barbuda.
According to the 10 a.m. update, Katia was 160 miles southeast of Tampico, Mexico, and 125 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico.
Tecolutla, México: Hurricane Katia made landfall in eastern Mexico late Friday, US forecasters said, just as the country grappled with its worst quake in a century.
The United States National Hurricane Center said that as a tropical depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of 56 km per hour as it dissipated over the mountains of central eastern Mexico by mid-morning on Saturday.