People cover the windows of their property ahead of Hurricane Katia, in Vega de Alatorre, Mexico September 8, 2017.
The US National Hurricane Centre said that as a depression, Katia was blowing maximum sustained winds of almost 35 miles per hour and should dissipate over the mountains of central eastern Mexico later on Saturday.
Hurricane Katia - one of three storms swirling south of the United States - has weakened to a tropical depression after it made landfall in Mexico, forecasters said early Saturday.
Category 1 is the NHC's weakest hurricane designation while Category 5 is the strongest.
Mexican emergency workers are also scrambling to respond to an 8.1-magnitude quake that struck off the country's southern Pacific coast late Thursday, killing at least 61 people.More news: Janet Jackson Returns With Political Message On "State Of The World" Tour
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As a result of its geographical location and Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, Mexico is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes, with at least a dozen weather events every year. At Category 1 hurricane it had winds of 75 miles per hour.
"We are expecting the hurricane to hit on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday", Veracruz governor Miguel Angel Yunes told Radio Formula.
Officials in Veracruz say Katia could cause landslides and flooding. Millions of Florida residents were ordered to evacuate after the storm killed 21 people in the eastern Caribbean and left catastrophic destruction in its wake.
Katia has "worrying characteristics" because it is very slow moving and could dump a lot of rain on areas that have been saturated in recent weeks, Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico's national emergency services, told domestic television on Wednesday.