Katia weakens to tropical depression over Mexico

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Katia was a smaller hurricane in comparison to more risky Irma and Jose. More than 60 people were killed, at last count. And it's likely to strike land just about a day after the country was hit by a major, magnitude 8.1 natural disaster.

As Katia was making landfall, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast as a Category 5 storm.

The government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning for the coast from Cabo Rojo to Laguna Verde and a tropical storm warning for Cabo Rojo north to Rio Panuco and south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

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.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services agency, said two people were killed by the hurricane, which roared onshore in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds.

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The National Hurricane Center says Irma made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba late Friday and has maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour. Forecasters expect the hurricane to weaken quickly over the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose strengthened to Category 4, and hurricane watches were in effect for the northern Leeward Islands.

The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several states. Some were newly homeless, while others feared further aftershocks could topple their cracked adobe dwellings.

Mexican soldiers who form part of the national disaster program patrol the coastway along the beach in Barra de Cazones, in Veracruz state, on September 7, 2017.

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