Hurricane Katia expected to strengthen as it nears Mexico

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People pick up debris as Hurricane Irma howled past Puerto Rico after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017.

Hurricane Katia has formed as a category 1 storm in the Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

A Category 1 hurricane, Katia was 210 miles (335 km) east of the port of Tampico, blowing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), and may be close to major hurricane strength by the time it is forecast to hit land this weekend, the NHC said.

The storm is expected to further weaken as it moves inland, and is expected to dissipate Saturday.

Category 1 is the weakest hurricane designation by the NHC.

Meanwhile, Irma is advancing on the USA mainland and is now forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm.

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Meanwhile, Mexico is dealing with the aftermath of a powerful natural disaster on Thursday night.

There are now three hurricanes in the Atlantic.

The storm is expected to make landfall in Mexico's southeast coast late Friday or early Saturday. The storm's center is located about 125 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico, and is moving southwest at 7 mph.

Officials in Veracruz said Katia could cause landslides and flooding, and urged people living below hills and slopes to be prepared to evacuate.

Katia emerged as a hurricane on Friday near Tecolutla, Mexico.

State energy company Pemex has installations in and around the coast of Veracruz but has not reported any disruption to its operations.

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