Cat 1 Hurricane Katia making landfall in Mexico


A house affected by hurricane Katia is seen in Tecolutla, state of Veracruz, Mexico, Sept. 9, 2017.

At Category 1 hurricane it had winds of 75 miles per hour. But it's not clear this year's busy hurricane season itself can be attributed to climate change, Klotzbach said.

A trough of low pressure located over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is producing numerous showers and thunderstorms. At 8 a.m. ET Saturday, Katia had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.

A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane. "Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall". "They need conditions that are very conducive in order to form", said Gerry Bell, a lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. According to the National Hurricane Center, April tropical storms are rare, and this is only the second one (the first was 2003's Tropical Storm Ana) since the use of satellite.

Emergency crews in Mexico have recovered the body of a police officer buried in rubble, raising to 65 the death toll from this week's 8.1-magnitude quake. It's about 400 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Later weakens to a tropical depression.

On its current path, the storm appears to steer north and avoid making landfall.

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The NHC said the storm should strengthen further and would probably start drifting towards the southwest before it is forecast to hit the state of Veracruz by early Saturday.

"But climate change per se does not cause tropical cyclones".

On Saturday, it deterioated to the status of a tropical storm, with winds dropping to around 40mph.

"Aside from the warming atmosphere, rising sea level and surface ocean warming have likely contributed to the impact of both Irma and Harvey".

It's not expected to affect the United States.

The death toll from Harvey is not yet final, as officials manage the aftermath of the storm and continue recovery efforts.