Katia lands at Veracruz as a Category 1

Katia lands at Veracruz as a Category 1

As Dolly weakened about southern Texas, hurricane warnings were replaced by tropical storm warnings in many areas north and south of the US-Mexico border.

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.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Katia was spotted around 215 miles east of Tampico, Mexico.

Hurricane Katia hit the mainland on Friday night, roaring onshore north of the city of Tecolutla in Veracruz state on Mexico's eastern coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Katia's maximum sustained winds have dropped to 75 miles per hour (120 kph) as it hits land north of Tecolutla, in Veracruz state.

Katia was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression, blowing maximum sustained winds of almost 56kmh as it moved into the interior of Mexico, the centre said in an advisory.

The Hurricane Warning previously issued between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde was changed to a Tropical Storm Warning, the National Hurricane Center said.

That means that the storm could be near major hurricane strength when it makes landfall. As of early Saturday morning, Katia was about 185 km west northwest of the Gulf Coast port of Veracruz, the NHC said. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km).

Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi states.

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose.

According to reports, the Katia could possibly bring a strong volume of rainfall that can result to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, particularly in the areas' mountainous terrain.

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