Hurricane Katia Brings Heavy Rain to Mexico a Day After Quake

Hurricane Katia Brings Heavy Rain to Mexico a Day After Quake

More than 60 people were killed, at last count.

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.

The National Hurricane Center is warning that "this rainfall will likely cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain". And it's likely to strike land just about a day after the country was hit by a major, magnitude 8.1 natural disaster.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that as a depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of almost 35 miles (56 km) per hour and should dissipate over the mountains of central eastern Mexico later on Saturday.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Katia was spotted around 215 miles east of Tampico, Mexico. At Category 1 hurricane it had winds of 75 miles per hour.

Mexico's national emergency services said this week that Katia was worrying because it is very slow-moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks. At the same time, Irma strengthened back into a Category 5 storm Friday night, after weakening to a Category 4 earlier in the day. Forecasters expect the hurricane to weaken quickly over the next 24 hours. Farther out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose has nearly hit Category 5 strength, with tops winds of 155 miles per hour.

Hundreds of buildings were toppled across a number of southern states, with the hardest-hit being Juchitan and Oaxaca.

Almost 2,900 people have been evacuated from their homes in Veracruz, and 1,500 more relocated to storm shelters in the neighboring Puebla state, AP reports.

Many people remained in the streets, fearing aftershocks.

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