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. Alex


    August 30, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Russia


    August 30, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Vlad

      russians are testing their weather control device

      August 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Phil

    Wolf Blitzer better put his rain coat on NOW.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. ipmutt

    here we go again. Run for cover, bring your TV and newspaper, and stay tuned. Obama will come to the rescue soon,

    August 30, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • yacker01

      And FEMA!

      August 30, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Starman

      Excellent reponses from all govenment agencies.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I fail to see why bringing the President into this discussion is even related to this event.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thinkfree

    Maybe this will be something the east coasters have a real reason to whine about for a change.

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

      Considering people lost their lives in because of Irene, and thousands are without power, have either lost or damaged homes and property, and the cost of repair and cleanup is at an estimated 10 billion, I think we're well within our rights. A$$h0le.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • MomAJS

      Seriously, what an idiotic remark. People have died, homes and in some cases entire town washed away. What the hell is wrong with you?

      August 30, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • yacker01

      I agree. A$$h0le!

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

      What a stupid, heartless, idiotic thing to say! Bet you are the first one to whine when something happens where you live.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I agree. First a weak earthquake, then an over-sensationalized hurricane. On Friday CNN was showing on Google Maps how if Hurricane Irene strengthens to a Cat 4 then Manhattan will be completely under water... when in fact it was a weak Cat 2 hurricane at the time and hurricanes ALWAYS weaken as they travel north to cold water. Turns out, NY didn't even get hit by a hurricane but a small tropical storm. Anyway, it's a new day, time to figure out what lies they're feeding us this week.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Yep, another A$$h0le I wouldn't f*c* with someone else's Di*k...

      August 30, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      If you don't have anything more intelligent to say than this, perhaps you should stick to reading and not commenting. Us "East Coasters" have dealt with tragedies for years. I believe it was the East Coast that sustained the blow from 9/11 and hopefully there will never be anything more tragic happen to our Country than that. Many people have lost their lives, families have suffered and you are have the nerve to make such an idiotic remark.

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

      So is this what you are going to say to the parents that are having to sit at their baby's funeral. You are ae ingnorant as they come. You are uneducated, and should have took advantage of the public school system and maybe you would not make such idiotic remarks.You must be a very unhappy soul to make those remarks so I WILL PRAY FOR YOU! May God Bless You and Keep You, AMEN!!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • eric

      tell that to the families of the 38 dead and those devastated in up state new york and vermont you p.o.s.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @Pat – it was the most over-sensationalized hurricane in memory. Those people that died are the idiots for not taking the 1 week warning to get the heck out of the way. Just sayin'.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      You are so right think. Now come take the darn tree out of my yeard, fix all the power outages and be sure to attend 38 funerals up and down the coast. JERK!

      August 30, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Did you applaud on 9/11 too?

      August 30, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Scoot 59

      Why don't you come to the northeast; and i'll give you something to whine about!

      August 30, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. ThisGirl

    This east coaster didn't whine about anything. I have been Irened out and feel it's been blown up to epic proportions.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • MomAJS

      Really? 38 people are and towns washed away, and you're bored witht he news coverage? Turn it off and go out and help somebody get back on their feet. Heartless.

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

      Irene was a major disaster up and down the entire East Coast. Just because you didn't feel her effects doesn't mean hundreds of thousands of people didn't. That hurricane has destroyed thousands of lives.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Magoo

    Obama's Illegal Alien Uncle Charged With Drunken Driving, Held by Immigration Officials! Liberal slanted CNN is MUM AS USUAL!!!! But Fox News tells it like it is! YOUR NEWS IS BEING CENSORED BY A LIBERAL MEDIA COMPANY Go have a look for yourself!

    August 30, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Cape Cod Patty

      and that has what to do with Irene or the situation in New England? I guess you come from a perect family- like mine even the President can't choose his relatives. Your just another heartless A$$ looking to blame Obama for yet another catastrophic natural event on his watch–you think Republicans could somehow respond quicker?? Yes your right- they should divert some of they're BILLIONS of dollars they are scurring offshore to hide in other banks and send it this way to help "real" people in a real crisis- get over yourself

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

      Hhahahaha! The reason CNN doesn't report on things like this is because it's tabloid news. Are you also upset about the lack of Bat Boy coverage?

      August 30, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      What does this have to do with Katia? Or are you just being a troll?

      August 30, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      The Fox news coverage is pretty much the same as CNN's. The only difference is that Fox news claims that he wanted to call the White House with his one phone call. What would you do if your nephew was the president? By the way the guy is still in jail. I guess that call didn't help much. And how do you know for sure that the CNN coverage is slanted? Were you there to hear the request for the call to the White House as Fox says? Would you bet your life on the fact that Fox news is ALWAYS fair and impartial? Doesn't it seem a little skewed that EVERY other news organization is wrong and only Fox is right? Seriously are you that stupid to believe everything you are told? Make your own judgements instead of relying on a right wing owned news organization to make your decisions for you.

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

      Unfair and unbalanced tabloid TV has major resources to cover the story? Always in depth that crew.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Is it Magoo because you are blind to facts?

      August 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dave from GA

    Just wondering what would the religion fanatic Bachmann have said about this TS Katia?

    August 30, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Under Bachmann, hurricanes will not occur – ever again, terrorists will lay down their arms, gas will be free, everyone will have jobs and own their own homes, the theory of evolution will be disproved (and everyone will be happy about it), smoking will no longer cause cancer, and you will be able to eat ice cream all day and not gain any weight.

      Obama could have done all of this, but he just chose not to, which is weird, cause you'd think he'd want to get re-elected.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. chris

    why is there always some stupid wing nut wanting to make everything about politics? But the weather channel was all screwed up when the storm was passing over NC and VA all they wanted to talk about is how new york is preparing for the storm that was on top of us.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Noxx

      that's because NY is more important than NC.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |


    August 30, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |

      Oh do shut the F^%$# up about the imaginary sky being.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Noxx

    Hey guys, remember the Joplin Tornado? Or the Tornado in Alabama? I think CNN ran those stories for a week. I've listened to Irene stuff for a week before it happened. There was a mandatory evacuation and people chose to stay. There SHOULD be ZERO deaths. Idiots will be idiots though.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Really, Noxx?

      Really, Noxx? I live on coastal North Carolina, and there were very few mandatory evacuations. No deaths in the evacuation areas. People died because the storm was worse than predicted....period. I can't vouch for other states though. Where are you getting your info?

      August 30, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @Really, Noxx? – People died because they chose to stay through a frickin' hurricane. And it was over-sensationalized, not 'worse than predicted'.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      I really have to side with you Noxx. I live in Joplin and went through the tornado, so I really know what you're talking about. We would have loved to know about the tornado coming, but that's nothing you can predict. I saw videos of people in NC standing by the beach as the hurricane was about to hit, people in virginia driving as the hurricane was on them. There was plenty of time to prepare for this. Many lives were saved by the coverage, but deaths could have been avoided.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Really, Noxx?

      @ everyone, I agree that some deaths along the coast could have been avoided by people using their brains. Unless you live here, you can not really say that it was over-sensationalized. We had a week's notice, for Pete's sake, and people were frantically trying on Friday night (as the storm hit) to prepare. That said, having been through it (you fail to say if YOU were there), I can tell you that even though it was "just a Cat 1", a lot of flooding was caused because the lead of it slowed down tremendously, drawing water into our rivers. No, I have no pity for those who were advised to evacuate, and certainly no pity for those who decided to do a bit of beach/pier sight-seeing that day. But most of us were assured that we were in "safe" areas. I guarantee that, had we known how bad the rivers would swell, a lot more people would have gone inland.

      Not all of us who stayed are idiots. Please don't generalize unless you were there.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Mast'rQueef

      As a Richmond native, we've been through quite a lot in the past week (obviously)... And I do think that Irene was a disastrous storm, and definitely worse than predicted in some areas and not as serious in others. It just depends on where you are located. Those that chose to stay in evacuated areas are pretty stupid for staying, but most of the 38 people that have been killed were from areas that were not supposed to be as bad as anticipated. The aftermath from Irene may be over for some, but in states like Vermont, Massachusetts, Jersey and New York, the flooding problems are just beginning.

      Arguing about whether Irene was blown out of proportion is like arguing about which comes first, the chicken or the egg. Pointless, because each state suffered differently....

      August 30, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. norm51

    Looks like the East Coast gets it again:

    August 30, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. chuchingirl

    it's very sad to read that some people think Irene was blown out of proportion just because they were lucky to have no damage and be alive!!!! this was a bad storm for so many people and even as i'm writing this, flooding is getting worse in some areas......count your blessings and be grateful irene didn't affect you!

    August 30, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Romil

    Why most of the worst tropical storms are named after women?

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

      I heard it is because of the strong winds around the hole smell like queef.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. aNN

    Maybe this storm will be enough to impress New Yorkers

    August 30, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
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