Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia - animated

Emilio Banks
September 12, 2017

Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma this week, is under a hurricane watch, it added.

It is common for major storms to hit back to back, but to have more than one hit the USA in one hurricane season is rare, according to CBS. There are now three hurricanes in the Atlantic.

As Katia reached the Mexican Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast.

The United States National Hurricane Center said that as a tropical depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of 56 km per hour as it dissipated over the mountains of central eastern Mexico by mid-morning on Saturday. Irma tied with this hurricane for longest time spent in Category 5 strength.

Hurricane Katia intensified to Category 2 on Friday as it move west-southwest across the Gulf of Mexico.

Irma is the first storm in recorded history that has maintained top winds of 185 miles per hour for 37 straight hours.

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Hurricane Katia is expected to make landfall in Mexico.

Residents observe the levels of the Tecoluca River, in Mexico's Veracruz state, after Hurricane Katia.

The announcement of Hurricane Katia came minutes after the National Hurricane Center revealed Tropical Storm Jose had formed into a category 1 hurricane in the open Atlantic. It rapidly weakened further over land into a tropical storm.

Luckily, Hurricane Harvey relief zones should be safe from Katia, as a large swath of dry, sinking air over Texas and Louisiana will keep the system from moving north, according to AccuWeather.

Areas likely to be hit by Jose are in the midst of recovery from Irma, with most of the Caribbean still without power or strong broadband access.

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