Katia now third hurricane in tropics; forms in SW Gulf of Mexico

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Katia formed in the early morning in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

As Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean, a tropical storm in the Atlantic and another in the Gulf of Mexico were upgraded to hurricane status on Wednesday (Sept 6), the National Hurricane Cenre said. The hurricane is centered about 105 miles east of Tampico, Mexico.

At 10 a.m. CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Katia was located near 21.7 degrees north latitude and 95.9 degrees west longitude.

Katia is forecast to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches over northern Veracruz, and 2 to 5 inches over far southern Tamaulipas, northeast Puebla and southern Veracruz through Saturday morning.

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Additional strengthening is possible over the next few days, as wind shear is expected to relax and it could become a hurricane before making landfall in eastern Mexico by this weekend.

The storm is expected to bring a maximum 15 inches of rain to Veracruz. Jose was out over the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles from the Lesser Antilles islands.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, is expected to pass north of Puerto Rico Thursday morning, through the Bahamas on Friday and into South Florida on Sunday.

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