Mexico braces itself for impact of Hurricane Katia


More than 22,000 miles above the surface of Earth, a new weather satellite run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration captured high-resolution imagery of three unsafe hurricanes moving across the Atlantic Ocean over the past week.

One orbit of the Earth later, the station flew over Hurricane Irma at approximately 11:40 a.m. EDT.

Katia was a smaller hurricane in comparison to more risky Irma and Jose. Hurricane watches were issued on Thursday for the area.

WIND: Hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles from the center of the storm and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 70 miles.

"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.

Katia was expected to begin moving again and turn southward, and it is forecast to hit the state of Veracruz by early Saturday.

In addition, Hurricane Katia in the Gulf of Mexico has maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall in Mexico early Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Another NASA update today follows Hurricane Katia as it crawls to the coast of southeastern Mexico.

Katia is expected to produce rainfall of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of early Friday, Jose was located about 600 miles east of the Lesser Antilles islands, and had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, making it a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity.

The storm was to stall near the Sierra Madre Mountains, the center said.

Katia weakened rapidly after hitting the land on Friday night, although Veracruz Governor Miguel Angel Yunes said the storm had left some 70,000 people without electricity and caused damage in 53 of the Gulf state's 212 municipalities.