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. Kerry

    Sorry for everyone who gets caught in this but we are praying (some literally) that the rains come Texas way.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rikers

    Some very immature people posting on this story.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      so what's your point!

      September 4, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Inshock

    After reading these posts I just am stricken by the heartlessness of alot of these posts. the same people who are critical of the government, the news and the PEOPLE involved in this storm will be the first to cry about it if something happens to them. These are people! There lives are in shambles rather or not they left in time. We had a tornado a few years ago where I live. It was only an f1 but geez the damage was horrendous as it stayed on the ground for several miles. Our home took a direct hit. So because it wasn't an f4 or f5, I should not have been scared when the windows shattered and sprayed everyone including the baby with shards of glass, left our home a water-soaked mess and no power for 5 hours? America please grow a heart. And all east coasters, May God be with you, bless you and comfort you at this time. I hope it all becomes just a bad memory soon.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • J in NC

      I'm sorry for what happened to you and I hope your family is okay. But, did 72 continuous hours of media coverage help your situation in any way, shape or form? The media doesn't help. They're all self-important leftist wackos who basically ignored Joplin, MO getting wiped off the map because it wasn't "Katrina enough." People care...but what can they do?

      August 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J in NC

    Irene affected people in different ways in different places. I live 80 miles as the crow flies from the Atlantic coast in North Carolina and we basically got nothing here while people in Vermont and New York state had horrific damage. My problem is with the media fear mongering and the non-stop coverage. They're treating every storm like it's Katrina. It's overkill. Yes, people should stay informed- that goes without saying but 72 hours of endless coverage is absolutely ridiculous. It's not "journalism." For some macabre reason the media LOVES playing the part of the grim reaper.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mouse101

    Hurricanes are nothing to take lightly. Having grown up on the MIssissippi Gulf Coast and survived some of the big and small ones, Camille,Eleana, Andrew, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, to name a few, I always heed the warnings no matter if its a tropical storm or a Cat. 5 Hurricane. You never know what these storms are capable of. Your life is much more worthy than posession,they can be replaced, you can not! And, just for the record, Katrina did not hit New Orleans, a levee was breached and New Orleans flooded, my home the MIssissippi Gulf Coast took the brunt of Katrina. I have relatives in NC that were impacted by Irene. My prayers go out to people in all the states on the East Coast who had to endure the devastation of Irene.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shankar

    Why are hurricanes are "white sounding names? No Chinese or Indian or Spanish at all. Racist? 🙂

    August 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      Yeah, why not start with all the Gods names: Shiva, Lakshmi, Vishnu, Brahma, Rama, after all they are the ones that create chaos in the world.......

      August 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    NYC was beautiful today: sunny and comfortably cool.
    The twisted leaves on the mimosa tree outside my apartment are normal again.
    I took the subway, and it was working very well.
    All's good.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • A.D.

      Take a trip up to Vermont, see how it is there.

      In Bill McKibben's book, "Eaarth" he talked a lot about how heavy rain could be devastating to Vermont....and he was right.

      Get used to the new planet global warming deniers! You might be able to bully humans around, but you can't bully mother nature!

      August 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hammy

      I took a walk down the boardwalk in NJ. Everything seems ok. Nothing really incredible to tell. I don't know what people were so worried about. It looks like a normal everyday tropical storm that hit here. What a bunch of crybabies. Vermont wants 30 billion I have heard? Wow, yeah no.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateallofyou

      @ AD Were the Vermont floods in the 1920 caused by global warming too? Get real. Global warming is real but it will take a lot more for us to feel the real effects.

      @Hammy I seriously hope you get hit by a train. At least 13 towns in Vermont are without infrastructure, that means the people cannot get in or out. Vermont is devastated you MORON!

      I guess the youtubers have made their way to CNN.. I really hope you idiots don't make your way to Nytimes.com too.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iceman

      Joey and Hammy – it doesn't matter whether you are serious or just trolling – you are both self-centered jerks. Whatever your successes have been (if any), I'm sure you don't give enough credit to others who contributed.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luigi

      I wonder how many advanced college science and math, especially statistics, classes Joey and Hammy successfully completed (at least a B). By advanced, level 300 or higher. I'm guessing it's a pretty low number.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ shankar:
    Yes, in the manner of everything else that transpires, the weather forecasts and hurricane names are based entirely on racism.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MORB

    Clearly it does

    August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve-O

    Show me one place on the map that is not prone to natural disasters. People live where they live and take their chances. Although I agree that FEMA is an absolute waste....the rest of your comments are flawed at best.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cj

    Uncle Leo? Is that you?

    August 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jakey

    LOL forever, bro. As if there were any place on Earth immune from natural disaster, but most of humanity is just too dumb to live there.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ballzonya

    Start the hype now...worked well last time

    August 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hasselhoff

      no this one will be ignored and more damage will come from it, just watch.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • hateallofyou

      You probably didn't have major flooding. When you do, I wont help you.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Karl

    Most of the US population lives in a Hurricane path. What are you saying?

    August 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BobJ

    Who are you talking to, besides yourself ?

    August 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
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