Hurricane Katia intensifies in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Jose forms to the east of Irma

Katia, a Category 1 hurricane, is 314 km east of the port of Tampico, blowing maximum sustained winds of 121 kilometres per hour, the Miami-based NHC said on Wednesday evening.

The National Hurricane Center issued advisories on Friday for Hurricane Irma as well as Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia, which could make landfall on Saturday.

Katia was downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane when it was about 185 km northwest of Veracruz with sustained winds of 65kph, the centre said.

While Harvey moved north, bringing its destruction to Texas, projections are that Katia sticking close to Mexico, making landfall on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Katia had maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour and a hurricane warning is in effect for the state of Veracruz from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde.

Hurricane Katia is poised to hit eastern Mexico and now has max sustained winds at 75 miles per hour.

So maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that Google searches in the USA for "When is hurricane season over?" have surged in recent days, approximately doubling from just a month ago.

The storm could strengthen in the next 24 to 36 hours and is now about 625 miles east-southeast of the Caribbean island Antigua.

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This same phenomenon happened as recently as a year ago when Tropical Storms Ian, Julia and Karl all occupied the Atlantic.

But Irma's magnitude could inhibit Jose's career, says Phil Klotzbach, hurricane specialist at Colorado State University. However, hurricanes are notoriously unpredictable and the consensus does seem to suggest that Katia will increase her power, just nowhere near what Irma has reached.

Hurricane Irma battered the Florida Keys early Sunday with winds up to 130 miles per hour.

There is no doubt that Hurricane Irma remains the biggest threat of the three named storms; there is a possibility that Jose may not make landfall, while Katia remains relatively localized.

"This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain", NHC said.

Tropical Storm Jose has formed right behind Irma.

The center of Hurricane Katia is located 120 mines north of Vera Cruz, Mexico.

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