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. bluemax77

    Yawnnnnnn !!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ed

    angry people! get therapy you crazy frickers

    August 31, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tomas

    I think Hurricane Katia is gonna hit NYC on 9/11/2011. What a buzzkill! =-(

    August 31, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. dassen

    beware puerto rico! katia sure to hit u people.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. :-)

    Katia is the new katrina , so to all you palm trees hang on to your coconuts this is going to be the worst BJ. You ever had .

    August 31, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. tyiyfgwq

    That I recommend to see here! http://www.dv.gd/35884

    August 31, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lost

    Oh no! Not another hurricane!!

    August 31, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. fiskenmann

    Troll

    August 31, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Raj

    If the list of names are repeated every seven years, and their pertaining to the list from 2005, shouldn't be 2012 when the names are being repeated? I think you guys meant six years.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Raj,

      2005
      2006
      2007
      2008
      2009
      2010
      2011

      = ... SEVEN

      August 31, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    Oh Christ. Don't you people ever give up? Seriously, what would you do with your time if you couldn't track fake hurricanes all day?

    August 31, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. WOT

    President Obama is not GOD, you small minded people! Until the rich of this nation pay their fair share of taxes the USA will suffer! Read your Bible, People! Stop being so,so,so evil!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      Hey WART read the bible, so we can believe that moses walked on water, or perhaps jesus was an imaculate conception.
      .

      September 4, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Tropical Storm Katia "

    Katia situated between South America and Africa, moving northwestish at 20 mph. Yeah, it's got plenty distance to "do whatever it wants to". Where's the Wolf and the rest of the alarmist CNN community.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Willy Brown

    I can hear the media morons now. Let’s hope CBS drags out Hurricane expert Clarence Ray Nagin, Jr. again!

    August 31, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Tropical Storm Katia "

    I figured out the "trick" behind the CNN reporter that never seems to get washed away, while standing in a 3' raging hurricane storm surge, reporting the death toll.
    They never show his ankle bracelet tieing him to the satellite truck on the end of a 50' logging chain! 😉

    August 31, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Julia

      What is your point? Using 'tricks'... really? Should the reporters be foolish and live dangerously and NOT do their jobs in a safe manner?

      August 31, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    Katia is coming to clean behind the ears...lazy Irene was just a soaker...

    August 31, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17