Mexico braces itself for impact of Hurricane Katia

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The governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz is reporting two deaths related to the arrival of Hurricane Katia, which hit the state overnight. The country has been dealing with twin national emergencies this week: at least a further 65 people had already been killed in an natural disaster, the strongest in decades.

As of 11 p.m. EDT, the NHC recorded that Hurricane Katia has a maximum sustained wind of 85 miles per hour and moving towards a western path at 3 miles per hour.

The Hurricane Warning previously issued between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde was changed to a Tropical Storm Warning, the National Hurricane Center said. Still, the center predicted the storm could bring 3 to 6 inches of additional rain to a region with a history of flooding and deadly mudslides.

Hurricane Katia weakened into a Tropical Storm as it moved more into Mexico early Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.

Katia is a much smaller storm than Hurricane Irma, which is causing devastation in the Caribbean and is expected to arrive in Florida this weekend.

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Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, said this week that 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.

Hurricane Irma, which is Category 4, is on track to hit Florida after heading over parts of Cuba and the central Bahamas, according to the agency.

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

Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic and was nearing Category 5 strength as it churned about 435 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands. Some were newly homeless, while others feared further aftershocks could topple their cracked adobe dwellings.

It made landfall near beach resort of Tecolutla in Veracruz.

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