Tropical Depression Thirteen developed Tuesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm has since strengthened into a Tropical Storm. Tropical Storm Katia is producing sustained winds up to 45 mph and could even become a hurricane before the week is out. Regardless of how much it strengthens, this storm is not expected to impact the US.
Katia is expected to churn over the Bay of Campeche for a few days before tracking into the coast of Mexico this coming weekend.
The National Hurricane Center’s most recent discussion and advisory on the storm is below:
Tropical Storm Katia Advisory Number 4
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL132017
1000 AM CDT Wed Sep 06 2017
…KATIA MOVING LITTLE IN THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO…
…FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE…
SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 135 MI…215 KM ESE OF TAMPICO MEXICO
ABOUT 175 MI…280 KM N OF VERACRUZ MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…ESE OR 120 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1004 MB…29.65 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
A Hurricane Watch could be required for portions of the Mexican
state of Veracruz later today.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Katia was
located near latitude 21.7 North, longitude 95.9 West. Katia is
moving slowly toward the east-southeast near 5 mph (7 km/h), and
little motion is expected during the next day or so.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts.
Strengthening is forecast and Katia could become a hurricane
before it approaches the coast of Veracruz in a couple of days. An
Air Force reconnaissance plane will check Katia later today.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km)
from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
RAINFALL: Katia is expected to produce total rain accumulations of
5 to 10 inches over northern Veracruz, and 2 to 5 inches over far
southern Tamaulipas, northeast Puebla, and southern Veracruz through
Saturday morning. Isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible
in northern Veracruz. This rainfall may cause life-threatening
flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous