As Katia was making landfall, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, walloped Cuba's northern coast as a Category 5 storm.
In its 4 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Katia now has maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.
All eyes are on Hurricane Irma as she continues to devastate everything in her path. "After that time, global models develop a ridge over the northern Gulf of Mexico and this flow pattern will steer Katia southwestward toward the state of Veracruz", they added.
Two days of satellite imagery from NASA's Terra and NOAA's GOES East satellites showed that Hurricane Katia was starting to crawl to the coast of southeastern Mexico. But the hurricane center says Katia is expected to stay offshore through Friday morning. It's now about 1,040 miles east of a collection of islands in the Caribbean Sea.
"This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain", the Miami-based NHC said. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Katia could be near major hurricane strength at landfall. Maximum sustained winds are at 45 miles per hour with heavy rain and flash flooding being the concern for the southeastern side of Mexico. The estimated minimum central pressure is 977 millibars.
It said a hurricane warning was in effect for parts of the Mexican state of Veracruz between Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde, where it could dump 10 to 15 inches of rain.
"Based upon the latest observation and analysis, Hurricane Jose could come very close to the Leeward Islands by early Saturday", the center said in a statement.