Katia downgraded to tropical storm as it moves into Mexico

Satellites show different sides of Hurricane Irma

On Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible-light image of Hurricane Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Though it's unusual for three hurricanes to be active in the Atlantic basin at the same time, it isn't without precedent.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have a rare seat to view some of the earth's most awe-inspiring sights and some of the most devastating natural disasters that have occurred - that includes Hurricane Irma. The latest two cyclones, Jose and Katia, are now the 10th and 11th storms to be named in the Atlantic in 2017, and there are still eight tortuous weeks left in the official hurricane season.

This will be the first time three hurricanes could make landfall simultaneously.

Warmer sea surface temperatures, a virtually non-existent El Nino and a lack of high altitude winds which normally helps to slow storms in their path has led to the increase in hurricanes.

As of 10pm Thursday, Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings were issued for Antigua and Barbuda, while Tropical Storm Watches are in effect for Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitt, Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.

And more than 120 homes were being evacuated early Monday in Orange County, the region where the city of Orlando is located, as floodwaters started to rise.

The NHC said Irma would continue to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards to the to the northern coast of Haiti through Saturday.

Katia is a much smaller storm than Hurricane Irma, which is causing devastation in the Caribbean and is expected to arrive in Florida this weekend. Aqua also analyzed the storm in infrared light showing powerful storms around the center, capable of heavy rainfall. It will get uncomfortably close to the northern Leeward Islands, which just faced the wrath of Irma. Nothing too severe yet, but nothing to trifle with either.

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