Hurricane Katia Slams Into Mexico's Veracruz State

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Storm Katia weakened to a tropical depression on Saturday as it moved into the interior of Mexico, but it could still dump heavy rains on areas that have absorbed large amounts of precipitation and been shaken by a massive natural disaster in recent days.

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

Katia transitioned from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, and was a Category 2 hurricane as of 4 p.m. Friday, with sustained wind speeds of 105 miles per hour.

It says the storm was centered about 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of the port of Veracruz and it seems headed for strike early Saturday in an area known as the Emerald Coast that is popular with Mexican tourists.

Katia emerged as a hurricane on Friday near Tecolutla, Mexico. "Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall".

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Officials in Veracruz said Katia could cause landslides and flooding, and urged people living below hills and slopes to be prepared to evacuate.

Mexico is also dealing with the aftermath of a powerful quake on Thursday night.

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 on Wednesday.

It's moving west-southwest at 2 miles per hour and forecasters expect it to dissipate later today.

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

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