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. gump

    Katia is an awful name for a Hurricane because most of the twits will be calling it "Katie".

    August 30, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Um, not unless they are illiterate.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Since the people in NY think it was a bad idea to leave, how about this storm land right smack with 150 mph winds on times square. Call us later and complain about leaving your little apt or home.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • rainman

      Anonymous, he did say twits.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich Stevens

      I hope everyone understands 'Katia' is the replacement name for 'Katrina', which was retired back in 2005.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Kris your guy needs to go back to school

    August 30, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Katia

    If you thought my sister Irene was bad, just wait!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      Stealing my thunder.....and wind and lightning and rain are you?!?!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katrina

      Aw yeah, the gang's all here!

      September 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Hey forrest your so right there But a name is just a form of I d

    August 30, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Conrad

    I can't wait to see what Glenn Back is going to say about Katia

    August 30, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. CHUCKY

    The way Obama spending money and taking everything we got they should name the hurricane " Obummer".....

    August 30, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      The way the GOP likes to destroy anything that helps the poorer people, maybe we should name it after them.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      how witty and original of you!

      August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • john macintyre

      They have to be female names moron.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      Names of Tropical Storms/Hurricanes alternate between male and female. The next name after Katia is male (Lee), and then back to female Maria.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      No, they don't John. They alternate. If there is an "L" storm, it will have a male name, then "M" will be female, and so on. So next time you don't know what you're talking about, it would be smart not to call somebody else a moron.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      john macintyre wins moron of the month

      August 30, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mast'rQueef

      hey.... let's look up John Macintyre on facebook and poke the stupid out of him.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Mast'rQueef

      Oh, John.. did you forget about:

      David (1979)Frederic (1979) Allen (1980) Gilbert (1988)Hugo (1989) Klaus (1990) Bob (1991) Andrew (1992) Luis (1995) Cesar (1996) Georges (1998) Mitch (1998) Floyd (1999). Lenny (1999) Keith (2000) Isidore (2002) Fabian (2003) Juan (2003) Charley (2004) Ivan (2004) Dennis (2005) Stan (2005) Dean (2007) Felix (2007)Noel (2007) Gustav (2008) Ike (2008) Igor (2010)Tomas (2010)

      Hurricanes with male names are more deadly, too.. by the way..

      PWN'D

      August 30, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • hawk

      Idiot!

      August 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Republicans are two faced liars and talk out of every oriface, first they say, theres no such thing as global warming and climate change then when we have more bad weather than ever they blame Obama for declaring more emergencies (because there have been more due to warming) than their boy Bush, now they say we should have no government or fema let the states pay for it themselves, then their state gets wacked and they cry to the President for help!

      August 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Donaldk

    All this time Rick Perry has been PRAYING for rain. He should have been praying for a Hurricane.
    Today will be our 92 days straight 100+ degree temp.

    Katia come to Texas. You will be welcomed here.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Turtle

      Maybe you should kick Rick Perry out of Texas and then you'll get your rain! I think God probably considers Perry that annoying kid who thinks everything should go his way, and is rightfully ignoring him!

      August 30, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Richard

    Another hurricane whose effects will be vastly over-stated by the global warming cabal-controlled leftist media. Guess what idiot sheep? We've had bad hurricanes before and we've YET to see one this year.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      Tell that to the people who will be without power for the next week. The people who lost loved ones and the people whose homes were destroyed. YES it was less powerful than it could have been but the sheer number of people who were in it's way made it a potentially dangerous storm.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      36 dead and rising, VT is under water, and parts of NC are inaccessible. Compared to past hurricanes, perhaps not as bad, but still a notable storm that caused major damage and loss of life regardless. Had the eye of the storm not been disrupted by battering NC before coming north, MD, DE, NJ and NY would have had much, much more damage and loss of life along the lines of what was originally warned about.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Richard, dont look at the national news look up news for eastern NC. Irene might not have been a cat 3 but it did major damage to a lot of places in NC. Could it have been worse, sure but it is still bad even though the major media has not mentioned NC very much.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Turtle

      The Northern East Coast is not built for hurricanes. The South have levies, and different building codes. The North has much older structures, some as early as the birth of this nation. They do not normally get this kind of weather and therefore the destruction was much greater than it would have been had it hit the South.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • MomAJS

      What the hell is wrong with you?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • hawk

      Where do idiots like you come from? probably the same place glen beck and his ilk come from.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cherish

    GOD'S Will be done.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      God's will? He's dying? Excellent, maybe all the wars can stop now.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • OCTears

      Religion = War & Pain. Just except death.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pete

    nice try CNN, we know you'd like to see another big hurricane to help ratings, but nobody's buying that a tropical storm off the coast of Africa w/ 40 mph is newsworthy. Move back over to Middle East riots coverage or the weak economy, you have a better chance there at a story.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • byrce

      Um, Pete...virtually all Atlantic hurricanes originate as tropical storms off the coast of Africa. Maybe you should educate yourself before posting nonsense.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • cero

      Newsworthy? No. Something to keep an eye on? Definitely. Some of the biggest hurricanes in the past start out from the african side of the Atlantic. I'm not saying it will become a Cat5, but it is something to pay attention to, especially for those living on the east coast.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. cherish

    God's will....Will be done.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Spo

      GOD? Haha people still beleive in GOD? Might as well say Santa Claus' will be done . . . .

      August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mast'rQueef

      I hope "God's Will" sweeps you out to see.. You probably think humans were plopped on earth by a giant pastry tube, too? I pity the fool.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Mast'rQueef

      and yes, I meant to type "see" as a pun for your obvious blindness to the plain and simple beautiful and destructive act of nature. Your idiocy humors me and causes puns that I cannot control.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      You always have god when your to nieve to understand.

      September 4, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ralp0h

    Aw they grow up so fast

    August 30, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. mikeraw

    Wow, I clicked on the link just to SEE where the system is forming. Now I have to go to the NOAA site.

    I hope someone from CNN reads this.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The NOAA site is the best place for factual information about hurricanes without the media hype and scary adjectives. The Weather Channel storm tracker is pretty good too. This article is two sentences long and they still manage to say it "barrelled across the Atlantic".

      August 30, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • irunner

      Try wundergound.com. Check out the WunderMap (don't forget to click on both Sattelite and Hurricane). You can also select/display all the computer models.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • MORB

      I know, total weak sauce.

      @Joe – lol, you are totally right man. I am pretty damn liberal but this "barreled across the Atlantic" stuff is just hilarious and stupid. CNN a bunch of a** clowns

      August 30, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dustin

    This hurricane name (Katia) replaced Katrina's name since it was retired due to its destructive force and loss of life. Hopefully Katia doesn't do the same.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • gillian

      Not true at all

      August 30, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Turtle

      The hurricane name list changes every single year. I think Katrina was retired, but that's not why this storm is called Katia.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Yes it is ding dongs. Do some research.They recycle the names every six years, and since Katrina was retired in 2005, Katia's name was injected in her place this rotation.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • really?

      you might want to read about hurricanes and the way they are named. They never use the same name for any hurricane for as long as they have been tracking them. You can to go various websites and see all the hurricanes ever named and tracked. Inform yourself please!

      August 30, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Irene_%282005%29
      WEIRD!!!!!!! Must be a fake wiki page! Surely there was never an Irene before.. or a KATRINA – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Katrina_%281999%29

      August 30, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Cero

      Citing from Wikipedia is auto-fail. Maybe citing from the NOAA site would be more convincing?

      August 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Check out the third paragraph – http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2006/s2607.htm

      August 30, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      Hey Dustin I thought god named all these storms?

      September 4, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pierre A. Westmount, Qc

    Have you noticed the number of Ads CNN posts? This cable network looks more like a shopping channel. We get the LATEST news of what is happening around the globe way ahead of CNN, and more detailed. CNN abbreviates the News so as to get more Ads on and, to be more precise, their reporting lacks objectivity. Some may react to my opinion by stating: Why watch CNN, then? My response is my description.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • WhiteheadRamona

      Have you noticed the number of Ads CNN posts?@Guest, i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. go here BidsOut.com

      August 30, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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