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. JFB

    as long as Katia is not coming the East Cost

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

    Well, if anyone wonders why the state of the United States is in the condition it is, look no further than the moronic, insensitive, idiotic, pathetic, juvenille comments posted on a CNN comments page. Make an attempt to think positively and THINK before you speak or type. Very simple.

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

      You can't get most folks to think while they're standing in line at McDonald's waiting to order, how do you expect them to actually try thinking sitting here where all they see are our words?

      August 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oy

      Sometimes I think it is the same person posting under multiple aliases.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEN

      What fun would that be? Comments regardless of what is said are entertaining.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cynthia

    Well, all the midget minds and ignorant are already posting....Cj??? Nice to see they haven't disappointed in their relentless pursuit of proving to the rest of us just how pathetic and insensitive they are.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Martin

    I feel like I owe Hurricane Irene 9 dollars for washing my car. Maybe Katia can wax it. wickedimproper . com

    August 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J-dub

    Why don't they just HARRP it away?

    August 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. just me

    great, that would put it on a similar starting run to the long island express. A nasty hurricane in 1938. That also went from near the Cape Verde Islands to northeast of Puerto Rico then turned northwest. Lets hope it stays out to sea so we can recover from the last one!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gerry D

    i hope this one does not come into the caribbean, it should go to america instead, take one fer tha team.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Uh, have you not been reading the news? It was called Irene and did major damage up and down the entire east coast. Take this for the team.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • zerocool

      i hope it hits new york as a cat 3... they were so glib in the face of all the deaths

      August 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • smartest person ever

      wow gerry you must feel pretty stupid being a complete retard. hahaha, maybe Katia will come and sweep out you, and everyone your know and love. that way, you can contribute too and take one for the team 😉 have a good day!

      August 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Slartibartfast

    Hey Rob,

    SERIOUSLY. Belief in Global Warming (Cimate Change) is, for you, in the same category as believing it is a punishment from GOD? I...well. I...I really don't know what to say, except arguing with people who say stuff like this is...well pointless. A little like arguing with a drunk, no logic will save you. So, I guess I'll just shut up, now.

    Besides, everyone knows this is a conspiracy by the Knights of Columbus in cooperation with Al-Qaeda and the US government to prevent the Chinese from building any more lunar bases for their Alien Overloard masters from Sirius 9 and the Lizard Masters of Epsilon Eridani.... SIGH!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      I love it!!! Seriously people... get a life. 🙂

      August 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • john macintyre

      Sorry but you forgot the Tea Bagging , mindless , lunatic Zealots

      August 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOhn

      I never post to these forums but your response is perhaps one of the best I have ever seen . . . .

      August 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wally Balloo

      And Obama is the illegitimate son of Thurgood Marshall and Eleanor Roosevelt! I know it's true 'cause I read it on the Internets!

      August 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dep North

    I love predicting the future, don't you!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wally Balloo

      But it's never the lottery numbers.....

      August 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bluemax77

    Yawnnnnn !!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • regnarg

      double yawnnnnnnnnn

      August 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Slartibartfast

    Very little, but the hot air from you Yap, might explain a lot. LOL 🙂

    August 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ELL

    Is it the fart that starts the hurricane or the farmer who grew the beans that produced the fart that started the hurricane

    August 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Linda

    let the hype begin! Everyone evacuate now!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • john macintyre

      Ya , it will be a category 5 as soon as CNN gets hold of it.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShadowWind

      I Already sent the e-mail to the White House....I expect they will be declaring the entire East Coast and Gulf States a disaster area within the hour..Once martial law is declared, FEMA and the National Guard will begin moving everyone to the concentration....Uh...I mean Shelter Camps

      August 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zerocool

    it is far too late to worry about global warming...regardless of the causes... the earth will change... either we adapt or die... simple

    August 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      Obviously man kind isn't very good at adapting. The next earth inhabitants will view the short span of us folks as not successful to adaption.

      September 4, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. eg

    swp

    August 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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