Hurricane Katia Is Now Category 2, Heading to Mexico

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The country has been dealing with twin national emergencies this week: at least a further 65 people had already been killed in an natural disaster, the strongest in decades.

Areas of Mexico to the north of Cabo Rojo and to the south of Laguna Verde are under a tropical-storm warning.

The National Hurricane Center is warning that "this rainfall will likely cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain".

The National Hurricane Center says Katia has weakened into a tropical storm as it moves further into Mexico, with wind speeds of up to 45 miles per hour (72.4 kph).

Hurricane Katia has deteriorated into a soggy tropical depression that is dumping rain over the mountains of east-central Mexico.

The hurricane quickly lost strength after hitting land and was downgraded to a tropical storm.

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Katia is expected to drop 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla, Mexico.

The NHC said as a depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of almost 56 km per hour and should dissipate over the mountains of central eastern Mexico later on Saturday.

As Katia reached the Mexican Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast.

It made landfall near beach resort of Tecolutla in Veracruz.

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.

In downtown Juchitan, the remains of brick walls and clay tile roofs cluttered streets as families dragged mattresses onto sidewalks to spend a second anxious night sleeping outdoors.