Forecasters: Jose, Katia now hurricanes

Forecasters: Jose, Katia now hurricanes

Katia made landfall north of Tecolutla, Mexico late Friday as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

Katia was downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane when it was about 185 kilometres northwest of Veracruz with sustained winds of 65 km/h, the centre said in an advisory.

The Hurricane Warning previously issued between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde was changed to a Tropical Storm Warning, the National Hurricane Center said. Katia made landfall Friday night as a hurricane north of Tecolutla, Mexico. Its maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour were well above the 157 miles per hour threshold of a Category 5 storm. The storm was expected to weaken rapidly over the next day, the NHC said.

Texas and Louisiana are still reeling from the flooding and destruction left by Hurricane Harvey at the end of August.

On Wednesday, the British and Virgin Islands experienced strong winds and the heart of Hurricane Irma is now north of Hispaniola, but heavy rains have been reported in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Tropical-storm-force winds are present up to 45 miles out from the center of the storm, authorities said.

It's the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have been in the Atlantic. Forecasters give the storm system a 60 percent chance of forming into a tropical depression within the next two days. Two other menacing hurricanes, Jose and Katia, were swirling in the Atlantic Ocean basin and forecast to strengthen and impact land areas late Friday into the weekend.

Acadiana will continue to enjoy some early fall weather through much of next week, while all eyes are in the tropics, particularly Hurricanes Irma, Katia and Jose. Meanwhile, Irma is now headed toward the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos and Cuba, and is expected to reach Florida on Sunday, according to ABC News.