Tropical Storm Katia forecast to become major hurricane
Images from NASA GOES satellite shows Katia at the right, just after daybreak on Tuesday.
August 30th, 2011
11:12 PM ET

Tropical Storm Katia forecast to become major hurricane

[Updated at 11:12 p.m. ET] Tropical Storm Katia was strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday and could become a hurricane on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 11 p.m. ET advisory, the hurricane center said Katia has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph - up from 45 mph 12 hours earlier. The storm was in the open Atlantic about 1,700 miles east-southeast of the Caribbean Sea's Leeward Islands.

Katia was moving west-northwest near 22 mph. That general motion was expected to continue for the next two days, though the forward speed could decrease, the hurricane center said.

Katia could grow into a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph by Saturday evening, perhaps more than 500 miles east of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico, the hurricane center said. It is too early to predict whether the storm will threaten land.

Category 3 hurricanes have maximum sustained winds of 111 to 130 mph.

Katia is the storm name that replaced Katrina in the revolving list of names, according to the center. The list of Atlantic hurricane names is repeated every seven years, and this year the list that was used in 2005 is being reused.

A storm name is retired if it is used for a hurricane that caused major damage, as Katrina did to the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005.

"The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity," the hurricane center said.

[Updated at 5:42 p.m. ET] Tropical Storm Katia was strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday and could become a hurricane on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 5 p.m. ET advisory, the hurricane center said Katia has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph - up from 45 mph six hours earlier. The storm was about 750 miles west of the southernmost of the Cape Verde Islands, which are hundreds of miles off the west coast of Africa.

Katia was moving west-northwest near 20 mph.

[Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET] In its 11 a.m. ET advisory, the hurricane center said Katia has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm was in the open Atlantic about 630 miles west-southwest of the southernmost of the Cape Verde Islands. It was moving west-northwest at 18 mph. That general motion was expected to continue for the next few days.

[Updated at 5:25 a.m. ET] Tropical Storm Katia barreled across the Atlantic Ocean early Tuesday and is expected to intensify and accelerate, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

As of 5 a.m. ET, Katia was about 535 miles (855 kilometers) west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and carried maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph).

soundoff (528 Responses)
  1. bezerkur

    white guy? you mean the people that invented practically every thing you use. thanks for the traffic light btw.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. attur

    This is nothing what is yet to come, USA has committed too many evils to appease the dirty jew. USA will be decimated by God there will be catastrophic earthquakes and hurricanes which will destroy thousands of your nuclear plants until usa becomes radioactive dump and leveled with earth, and jew's power will be destroyed for all times. israel and jews around the world will face retribution like never seen before for all their evils, and will be vanquished from their current state of security into terrible torment, until end days. and more. God has a plan

    August 31, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • clay

      you do realize that Jesus, the supposed son of god, was a Jew, right?

      August 31, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      uttur nonsense, been talking with the man, sounds like you have a real grip on things.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. WOT

    Alcash, he who knows what he sees is what he sees, come out of your closet! Your dad was gay, I know him!

    August 31, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stupid New Yorkers

    Awesome! Now this hurricane should hit New York at category 5, so it will wow the new yorkers. They said the last one failed to impress them.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. DaveNYUSA

    Yeah, keep hyping a storm that doesn't even exist yet, CNN.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Julia

    When a "Mandatory Evacuation" is declared there needs to be a fine levied against those who foolishly ignore these warnings. People refuse to heed these warnings, then find themselves stranded, should be responsible for the financial burden of these expensive and dangerous rescues they have been inflicting on others. Being stubborn should not be rewarded. Of course my opinion would not apply to those not considered to be in a high risk area in the first place. Those caught off guard, children of foolish parents, and the infirmed are the only ones I truly feel sorry for.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      The people stupid enough not to evacuate when told to deserve what they get. Natural selection, thin the population. If you are told a massive and dangerous storm is bearing down on you, and you stay, goodnigh and good luck. There are more important things to worry about than the few who are too stubborn to leave.

      August 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrzydvl

      Reward ? You want to punish. If someone wants to stay, they take the risk. Where I live, they tell you after the wind reaches a certain point, no help is coming, nor should help be expected. Whats the problem with that. Also, in NJ, they can not make you leave, accoridng to the gov, which I believe is correct. Staying should neither be punished or rewrded.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |


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    August 31, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      FUUUU ????

      August 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nw1000

    Yeah. Historic one. With 13 mph winds.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You been watching the news??? Do you know ANYTHING about hurricane damage???? It is not the wind that causes the most damage its the storm surge and the flooding rains.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. michaelfury

    ‚ÄúThe suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science.‚ÄĚ

    – Carl Sagan

    August 31, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      Michael, I don't think the GOP is hearing his words.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Common Sense

    I'm in MA with no power, no internet, no nothing....thanks to Irene. So this news of Katia is not something I really want to read about right now

    August 31, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • tami

      Hi Common Sense. My prayers and many many others across the nation are for you and all others there. I pray this one blows off before it hits land! I would suggest moving to California but we have earthquakes. Anyways, God Bless you and stay safe.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Cory

      Common Sense,
      how are you even on here with 'no power, no internet, no nothing..' ?
      call me crazy but i'm confused..

      August 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      Tami, I wish you folks with your empty praying and worshiping gods would disappear along with the hurricane.

      September 4, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    Hey common sense thought you didnt have internet What then made that post who than made that post if you dont have internet

    August 31, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • mmm1975

      It's called modern tech cell phone I have no power or internet in the house but can get in through my cell.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dirty Spammer

    What about helping out the Nigerian prince? Have you fallen for that yet?

    August 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
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