Hurricane Irma destroyed 90 percent of the tiny island of Barbuda (above) when it made landfall early on Wednesday. So is the fact that it follows shortly on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, a storm that drenched Texas with more rain than has ever been recorded from a single event in American history. Seven years later, three hurricanes are lined up again, but this time around, the combination has the possibility to become even more lethal.
Georgia is bracing for potentially far-flung impacts from Hurricane Irma, which forecasters say could swamp the coast with storm surge near Savannah and topple trees and power lines in Atlanta.
Shortly before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cuba late Friday night as a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Katia made landfall as a Category 1 storm north of Tecolutla, Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Katia is moving toward the west-southwest near 3 miles per hour (6 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue until the system makes landfall within the hurricane warning area by early Saturday, Sept. 9.
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Hurricane Katia expected to strengthen as it nears Mexico
The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the coast of the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde . Meanwhile, a powerful 8.1 quake struck about 100 miles from Chiapas' Pacific coast, killing at least 58 people.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm's maximum sustained winds had dropped Saturday morning to about 35 miles per hour. And Hurricane Katia will likely make landfall on Saturday in Mexico, USA Today reported. It's then predicted to turn northeast, traveling north of the coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday before turning back into the ocean.
The storm is expected to further weaken as it moves inland, and is expected to dissipate Saturday.
Hurricane Katia is relatively stationary, about 200 miles east of Tampico, Mexico as of 11am ET. Mexico will experience heavy rainfall and increased risk of flash floods and mudslides, especially in Veracruz and southern parts of the state of Tamaulipas.