Hurricane Katia is slamming into the coast of Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane, with heavy rain making flash floods and mudslides a danger in the dry region.
The storm hit the coast with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Moving at only 7 miles per hour, the greatest threat posed by the storm is the potential for large amounts of rain.
Shortly after it made landfall, it lost strength and has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Although the storm is expected to continue to dissipate rapidly in strength as it hits mountains, areas around Veracruz, Hidalgo and Puebla are expecting 10 to 15 inches of rain, with some areas possibly receiving over 20. In normally dry conditions, flash flooding and mudslides pose a major threat.
Veracruz State officials have urged people living below hills to prepare to evacuate.
A storm surge of 5 to 8 feet is possible.
Three people, including two children, were killed in a landslide in Oaxaca on September 7th caused by the hurricane
The landfall of Katia comes as Mexico, particularly the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, are dealing with damage from the strongest earthquake in the country for decades. The magnitude 8.4 quake has claimed the lives of at least 61 people, with death tolls possibly still rising as damages are assessed.
At the same time that Katia struck Mexico, hurricane Irma, re-strengthened to a category 5 struck Cuba, battering its coast with sustained winds of 160 miles per hour and heavy rains.