Category 2 Hurricane “Katia” is slowly moving toward the coast of eastern Mexico and is expected to make landfall near or at major hurricane strength early Saturday morning (CDT), September 9, 2017, somewhere between Nautla and Monte Gordo, Veracruz. A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1.5 and 2.1 m (5 to 7 feet) above normal tide levels near and to the north of where Katia

makes landfall. Katia is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 254 to 381 mm (10 to 15 inches) over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla. Total rain accumulations of 50.8 to 127 mm (2 to 5 inches) over southern Tamaulipas, eastern San Luis Potosi, western Hidalgo, eastern Queretaro, and southern Veracruz through Saturday evening. Isolated maximum amounts of 635 mm (25 inches) are possible in northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi. This rainfall will likely cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. READ MORE