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. Porcupine Tree

    Last chance to evacuate planet Earth before it is recycled.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    If you look just to the north of the storm that little puff cloud might become a huricain.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. erzhik

    Another "major" hurricane? I remember one last week that was supposed to be destructive too. Way to scare the s%*t out of people again.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bresson

      I love how people are disappointed that it didn't bring the destruction which was forecasted... It did kill 40 people you know, how many more would have satisfied you my friend?

      August 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amazed

      38 people are dead, billions in damages, Vermont is flooded top-to-bottom, a town in upstate New York is completely gone, thousands in NJ have flooded homes and no power. Is this not enough destruction for you. I suggest you open your eyes instead of your mouth.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbbie Sheegog

      This year is predicted to bring more hurricanes and tropical storms than we have seen in a very long time. Thank God for predictions, evacuations, and God Bless those who died and their families. (p.s. its people like you, erzhik, who would ALSO complain if, living in the path of a storm of this magnitude, no one told you....can't satisfy some people no matter what you do.....I don't regret evacuating, although it took many hours of moving furniture in case of flooding, but if it had hit straight on my island, probably wouldn't have had much to come back to anyway after evacuation).

      August 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • erzhik must die

      I am praying that idiotic unamerican sacks of human excrement like yourself all get killed in the next hurricane so that we need not be embarrassed as a nation at your existence. You seriously need to consider suicide...that is all you are good for you fat phuck.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mayan Man

    The END is near. 2012.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hayden71

      ...signed, Harold Camping

      August 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. driranek

    As my pappy once toll me, 'Don't build on low ground'.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RCBinTN

    Look out Gulf of Mexico.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      They are praying for rain

      August 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wild Bill

      Gulf of Mexico? Ha!!!! Don't be surprised if the track makes landfall in SC/NC and works its way up the east coast....

      August 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/truth-crushed-to-earth-shall-rise/

    August 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rDS

    Auntie Em, Auntie Em....It's a twister, it's a twister !!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    The good news with this system, is that is far out in the at Atlantic and already moving to west-northwest. Unless atmospheric conditions change dramatically, it should spin harmlessly out into the atlantic. But when these storms go north of the leeward islands, it is wise for the east coast of the USA to be attentive until it does indeed take that northerly turn. No, I don't claim to be an expert, but storm tracking has been a hobby of mine for a whole lot of years.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slartibartfast

      Then you will look back on your storm tracking research and note that some of the most devastating storms have come in on this track. The way things are shaping up this one is just as likely to get into the Gulf, or slide up the coast, just like Irene did. There is simply no telling at this point. What is certain is that when they form this far out they have a tendancy to pick up a lot more energy from the warm waters. Besides, what you call harmlessly out to sea can often collide with Nova Scotia or Newfoundland, or even make it across the ocean as a nasty storm that can devastate England, Ireland, etc. Not to mention the threat to international shipping and the lives of sailors, or the offshore rigs in northern waters off the coast of Canada, you know Canada, Right, we are that state way up north. SIGH! I guess, as usual, "Harmless" means it doesn't affect the United States, the only country that really matters anyway, right?

      August 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Hock

      ok, whatever, where will you post your next insight to Katia

      August 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      @slartibartfast Wow, you wouldn't do much fearmongering would you ? I simply stated on its current track, it may have a tendency to turn north into the cooler waters. And as far as affecting shipping lanes, the ships out there are equipped with weather radar, so they ARE aware of the storms position and are able to steer clear of them. It seems to me you are trying to twist my words into something I didn't say. Also, you will notice in my post, I did say when these systems go north of the leeward islands, that the east coast indeed have to pay more attention to them. Now, what else would you like to say I said that I didn't actually say ?

      August 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Deb

    Like a big pinball machine. Wonder which way it's gonna bounce....

    August 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sam The Gay Crossdressing Cowboy Snake Ghost

    Wonder if it'll hit the Bahamas?.. Sssss.... Tee hee.. Ssssss....

    August 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    *Sigh*

    @Snydie: nice nod to Sir Elton.
    And, LMAO!
    +1

    August 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nichole

    I hope you washed your hands.....

    August 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Slartibartfast

    Well, here we go again and this is still way early in the season. I guess the forcasters were right this is going to be a big year. I wonder if the families of the many people destined to die or loose everything they own are beginning to get the point about global warming. Most people don't realize climate change is an up and down thing, we in the north west have had the coldest and wettest summer I can remember, but other places are experienceing far hotter than normal temps. The point is the atmosphere is getting pumped up with more and more energy and that leads to strange weather and more violent storms, everything we see on planet earth right now. It is not a natural pattern at all which happens over far greater time spans. This is what was warned about and it WILL get worse. We really need to take this seriously, I mean what is it going to take? I know, get ready for some abuse, some out there will go on and on, grasping at straws to prove how wrong climate change theorists are. Sorry folks, like it or not, it is happening and far faster than even the most pessemistic scientists forcasted. SIGH!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Bachmann said it's God telling us to cut spending and lower taxes for the rich; Beck said it's a sign from God that he's right; You say it's global warming...

      I SAY we just had one, go take out South America this time around!!

      August 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Debbbie Sheegog

    lets hope 2012 brings us a different type of life here, for humans, too.....a change is needed, everywhere you look, and more people are talking about it.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
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