13 September, 2017
Katia is anticipated to drift toward the coast on Thursday.
The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as "an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or higher".
The state government says more than 1,000 homes were destroyed in Chiapas, and about 5,000 were damaged.
A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.
As the storms progress, it's important to ensure the news you're getting about the hurricanes is accurate. The AMO's cool phase suppresses hurricanes; for instance, between 1971 and 1995, during the AMO's cool phase, just two active hurricane seasons occurred, Bell said.
This visible light image from NOAA's GOES East satellite shows Hurricane Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on September 8 at 9:15 a.m. EDT (1315 UTC). Local officials in the Florida Keys have already called for mandatory evacuations, and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez warned residents that evacuation orders may soon be necessary.
Katia is located about 185 miles east of Tampico, Mexico. However, Jose is unlikely to make landfall. Also under a tropical storm warning are Saba and St. Eustatius. Weakens to an open wave the next day.
"But climate change per se does not cause tropical cyclones".
Katia remained about 175 miles north of Veracruz Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it winds of up to 45 mph.
August 24, 2017 - Harvey strengthens into a hurricane. Katia made landfall Friday night as a hurricane.
Katia is expected to touch land on Friday in the state of Veracruz, with heavy rains that will last throughout the weekend.
Katia has "worrying characteristics" because it is very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks, Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico´s national emergency services, told domestic television.