Where Will Tropical Storm Katia Hit? Another One Is Brewing Over The Atlantic
You've heard lots about Hurricane Harvey after the destruction in Houston. Then of course there's Hurricane Irma with Tropical Storm José hot on her tails. But now there's yet another storm to keep your eye on, Katia, which is developing in the Gulf of Mexico, along the coast of Mexico. But where will Tropical Storm Katia hit, exactly? As with all storms, it's impossible to tell where it'll exactly it will strike until it does, but Katia will likely hit Mexico in the state of Veracruz, though as of now there are still no "coastal watches or warnings in effect."
If that changes later Wednesday, it would be in Veracruz, the National Hurricane Center said in an update at 5 a.m. ET. That was when Katia officially became a tropical storm, being bumped up from a tropical depression. She is seeing wind speeds around 40 mph — far under what you're seeing with Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane to form in the Atlantic Ocean in history.
Katia is interestingly not moving much according to meteorologists. According to AccuWeather it "stews in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico," moving a bit to the north or south but for the most part staying in place. The hurricane center says it is moving at just 2 mph. "The system will likely end up moving inland over the northern coast of southeastern Mexico sometime late this week or this weekend," Accuweather's Dan Kottlowski said.
The hurricane center concurs, any landfall would come on Friday at the earliest. "A turn toward the southwest is forecast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Katia is expected to remain offshore of Mexico through Friday morning," the storm's public advisory reads. To better understand the potential path, there are graphics on the hurricane center's website.
The main effects of the storm will be rainfall and potential flooding in eastern Mexico. That pales in comparison to what is being experienced across the Caribbean in the Leeward Islands of Barbuda and Antigua, where there was a direct hit early Wednesday morning. According to the most recent update from the hurricane center, the storm is moving away from Barbuda and toward St. Martin. The path after that should worry many U.S. citizens in the area:
On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands this morning, move near or over portions of the northern Virgin Islands later today, and pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight.
Given the "catastrophic" damage expected with Irma, Tropical Storm Katia will be a relative walk in the park. But for those who could be affected by potential flooding, you shouldn't write off the storm just yet.