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Katia lands at Veracruz as a Category 1

Veracruz, Mexico — Hurricane Katia has made landfall 20 kilometers from Tecolutla and hit as a Category 1.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) reports that the effects of Katia will be felt in 13 regions in Mexico as it moves west-southwest at 11 kilometers per hour.

The center of the system touched the coastline at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday in the vicinity of Rancho Nuevo, Veracruz and has kept moving west-southwest, reports SMN.

The State Emergency Committee of Civil Protection for that region warned residents that “Katia landed to the north, please stay calm,” while state governor Miguel Ángel Yunes warned that risk zones evacuate noting that personnel from the Mexican Army and Navy are working with the DN-III Plan.

In Tuxpan there are reports of power outages and felled trees, but no reports of injuries. Eight refuge shelters have been activated. The most devastated so far has been in Poza Rica where they have felt their effects with greater magnitude due to an enormous amount of rain, which has kept authorities monitoring the River Cazones.

The Meteorological forecast for the remainder of Katia is strong winds with gusts of up to 150 kilometers per hour and could exceed 180 km / h with gusts higher than 60 km / h in Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo and Tamaulipas. Conagua is also warning waves of four to six meters in the coasts of Veracruz and the south of Tamaulipas are possible.

Katia is still expected to cause chaos and leave 250 millimeters of rain in Veracruz and Puebla, as well as torrential storms in San Luis Potosí and Hidalgo and intense storm conditions in Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco. Conagua says that very strong storms in Tamaulipas, State of Mexico and Mexico City will be felt before Katia dissipates.