Tropical Storm Katia forms in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Katia forms in the Gulf of Mexico

It was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 185 miles per hour (295 kph).

A tropical storm warning is in effect from north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco and from south of Laguna Verde to Puerto Veracruz.

Katia is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall in Mexico.

The upgrade comes as Jose has picked up wind speed over the past few hours, reaching 75 mph (120 kph).

It's the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have been in the Atlantic. The areas covered include the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Instead, it's expected to curve up into the open Atlantic and become a major hurricane - Category 3 or more - with winds up to 115 miles per hour. Kristen Bell proved she's a true Disney princess as people sheltered from Hurricane Irma braced for the impending winds and rain.

The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage. Anything from Category 3 and up is a "major" hurricane. Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas are under a hurricane watch.

Katia is expected to drop up to 10 inches of rain in the Mexican coastal state of Veracruz, and lesser amounts on the states of Tamaulipas and Puebla through Saturday, though "isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible", the NHC warned.

Meanwhile, Katia strengthened into a hurricane in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

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All three of these storms are a sign it's peak hurricane season. While there were no official warnings or watches, the advisory suggests that the Leeward Islands must monitor Hurricane Jose's track along the Atlantic.

A third tropical system was named Tropical Storm Katia early this morning.

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Storm Katia rapidly weakened on Saturday.

There is still nearly three months left of the season, which runs until November 30.

This is the fifth storm to transition into a hurricane this summer. The ACE of a season is calculated by adding up the ACE of each individual storm in the season. It is moving very slowly to the southeast. - The death toll from Harvey is at least 56 deaths.

After hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc and as Irma is on the rampage, the US President Donald Trump has signed a United States dollars 15 billion hurricane relief package passed by Congress.

"I have little doubt Irma will go down as one of the most infamous in Atlantic hurricane history", he said.

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