Katia Makes Landfall Friday Night

Hurricane Katia made landfall Friday night north of Tecolutla, Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center outlined the key hazards remaining from the storm:

STORM SURGE:  A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 5 to 8 feet above normal tide levels near and to the north of where Katia makes landfall.  Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

RAINFALL:  Katia is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla.  Katia is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches over southern Tamaulipas, eastern San Luis Potosi, western Hidalgo, eastern Queretaro, and southern Veracruz through Saturday evening.  Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi. This rainfall will likely cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain.

WIND:  Hurricane conditions are expected within portions of the hurricane warning area tonight or early Saturday, with tropical storm conditions expected to continue within the tropical storm warning areas.

SURF:  Swells generated by Katia will continue to affect portions of the coast of southeastern Mexico during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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