Katia weakens after making landfall in Mexico

Tropical Storm Jose forms directly behind Hurricane Irma in Atlantic

The hurricane earlier Wednesday battered a string of northern Caribbean island nations, situated east of the more populous Virgin Islands group and Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Jose in the open Atlantic, some 1,000 miles (1,610 km) east of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles islands, could become a Category 3 and eventually threaten the US mainland. The Mexican government issued a hurricane watch for the coast of the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde.

All three hurricanes -Irma, Jose and now Katia - now have personal "official" Twitter accounts, tweeting the daily thoughts of a storm hurtling towards land. A mandatory evacuation order was given for the Florida Keys.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Katia made landfall late Friday north of Tecolutla, Mexico, causing mudslides that killed at least two people.

A tropical depression that formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday has strengthened overnight to become Tropical Storm Katia by Wednesday morning. Remember Hurricane Jeanne, which in 2004 seemed to be puttering harmlessly off into the Atlantic before whirling and smashing into Hutchinson Island, ultimately becoming the deadliest of the four hurricanes that hit Florida that year? Before the hurricane, citrus import and exporter Don Limón had been concerned about Hurricane Katia having a devastating effect on their Persian limes because the path of Katia was projected to hit the companys pack houses.

Warm air rises around the storm's center and cools, and the moisture condenses to form clouds and rain.

Hurricane Irma, now taking aim at Florida, has stunned experts with its sheer size and strength, churning across the ocean with sustained Category 5 winds of 183 miles per hour (295 kilometers per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded.

Dropsonde observations - readings from instruments dropped into the storm by the hurricane hunter aircraft - indicated that the pressure rose a few millibars this morning, but the most recent aircraft report shows that the pressure has fallen to 914 millibars.

As Katia rapidly weakened, Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic.

The storm is expected to move very little overall and remain offshore through Friday.

As for the three storms now occupying the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, all three are expected to take very different paths.



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