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Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 3

Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 3

Katia has been stewing in the Gulf of Mexico for almost a week and has been gaining strength from the warm waters in the Bay of Campeche.

The National Hurricane Center offered blunt warnings about the "extremely dangerous" storm. Katia is also starting to move toward the southwest.

The storm hit the coast with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Forecasters have predicted damaging winds, drenching rains and a unsafe storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Total rain accumulations are expected to be 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo and Puebla, with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches possible in northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, Puebla and San Luis Potosi.

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Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, made landfall in Cuba on Friday as a Category 5 storm.

The US National Hurricane Centre warns this rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain.

At 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT/1200 UTC) on September 8 the center of Hurricane Katia was located near 21.1 degrees north latitude and 95.6 degrees west longitude.

Hurricane Jose continued to gather strength far out in the Atlantic and it was nearing Category 5 strength as it churned about 435 miles (700 km) east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands. The storm was expected to weaken rapidly over the next day, the NHC said. The centre warned that Irma is likely to make landfall in Florida as a unsafe major hurricane, and will bring life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 millibars.