Tropical Storm Katia forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Katia forms in Gulf of Mexico

It was moving southeast at 5 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. This storm is likely to become a hurricane by the end of the week when it will probably threaten northern Mexico.

NASA's Terra satellite passed over Tropical Storm Katia as it was developing along Mexico's east coast.

While mega-Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm José continue advancing toward and through the Caribbean Sea, a third potentially risky storm has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The NHC said the storm is expected to stay off the coast of Mexico through Friday morning, making landfall sometime overnight.

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Katia was in the Gulf of Mexico, about 175 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico, and it's expected to drop 5 to 10 inches of rain onto the city. A hurricane watch has been issued for the Mexican state of Veracruz by the Mexican government. Isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible in northern Veracruz.

Meanwhile, Jose is swirling in the Atlantic, located about 1,040 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

Katia is one of three named hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. It was behind Hurricane Irma, which is a Category 5 storm, and in the Caribbean and headed toward Florida.

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