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. hilo, HI

    Katia? What happened to Jose?
    Discrimination!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Marine5484

      It already formed and went due north into the Atlantic. This new storm is supposed to become a major hurricane in the next few days according to the natl. hurricane center.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • stvnkrs10

      Just like a Jose. As soon as it gets big enough it runs north hahahah

      August 30, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • sameeker

      Good one stvn.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mast'rQueef

      Jose was an illegal alien. No one speaks of illegals.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Peter E

    11 named storms thus far and we still haven't hit the peak of the season yet (usually counted as mid September)

    August 30, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • clay

      yeah and your point is....?

      August 30, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Actually, we're already in the peak of the season. So said the weather forecaster this morning.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. augustghost

    Nothing like a good blow

    August 30, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. bHj

    Oh jeez, here we go again.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. NocommentCNN

    This is it! This is the big one! Run and hide now! Watch CNN 24 HRS a day for on the minute updates!

    August 30, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. ArtimusTheDuck

    Hopefully this one picks up Michelle Bachmann and throws her into Munchkinland.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Turtle

      What do you have against the Munchkins?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. bHj

    media-hype central, the sequel WOOHOO

    August 30, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. rcs0469

    Hopefully Katia won't be Irene's bigger sister coming to punch the people (some inland Carolinians and New Yorkers in particular) in the mouth who talked smack about Irene not putting up as big a fight as predicted.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. f5

    I want a Cat 5 for New York, no less.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • SunTuxedo

      The statement is the height of ignorance. I'm surprised you can even spell and type.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    Stvnkers I just got this funny feeling that your earlier post is wrong females dont usually run and hide from a fight

    August 30, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. DAVID

    dangit we need one in the gulf and come threw tx we need some rain bad here in wichita falls tx

    August 30, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Why is it everything has to involve politics

    August 30, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Amir

    I heard Jose is coming back south...to pick up Katia and the rest of the family and then run north..bahahaahaha

    August 30, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Hey clay wont be long and it will be a good time to go fishin there In the mud puddles

    August 30, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Amir LMAO

    August 30, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
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