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Storm Katia rapidly weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Storm Katia rapidly weakened on Saturday after it made landfall near the working-class beach resort of Tecolutla in the state of Veracruz on the Mexican Gulf coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Hurricane warnings and watches have slightly different meanings concerning "hurricane conditions", or sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or above, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Ocean Service (NOS) says.

At 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT/1500 UTC) on Saturday, Sept. 9, the National Hurricane Center issued the final advisory on Katia.

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.

Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at CSU specializing in Atlantic hurricane forecasts, tweeted: 'The Atlantic now has 3 hurricanes active at the same time: #Irma, #Jose and #Katia.

The tropical storm is a category 5 hurricane and has left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean.

Even if the storm degrades further, and it's not now expected to, know: This is an extremely unsafe event that will bring coastal flooding, high winds, and many inches of rain to Florida and then possibly Georgia and the Carolinas. Tropical-storm-force winds extend out 70 miles. "Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz and eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi", the Hurricane Center warned. This rainfall will continue the risk of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain.

The last time three hurricanes were active at once was 2010, when hurricanes Igor, Julia and Karl were classified as hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast on Saturday as it headed for Florida.

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