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. EastCoastMike

    Blah....blah....blah
    So sad that your entire life revolves around your dopey politics. Try opening your eyes and your mind to other things....

    August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay

    Are you seriuosly trying to hype up another hurrican after that "rainstorm" Irene? Save it. MOve on to shark attacks or food recalls. The usual crisis'

    August 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeFields

      I wouldn't call the devastation here in Vermont a "little rainstorm" We can't even leave our homes, we have no water and wont for months hundreds lost their homes, keep a little perspective please. It's better to be prepared and warned then to be caught off gaurd and devastated.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • NO-Sama

      41 deaths in 11 states (so far), 3.3 million still without power. 2500 people isolated on the outerbanks and you call ot a little rain storm...what an a$$.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hef

      You can't leave your homes but you have Internet ?

      August 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      A tree took out my house, I have no power, and no water thanks to the "rainstorm". We're sleeping in a hotel 30 miles from my work becasue all the other hotels are full of people who have also had losses. 27 people lost their lives in this storm. Half of Vermont washed away. You must live in Canada.

      Look out, your ignorance is showing.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walt

      There are these things called Laptops Hef. They allow someone to use a computer without power or an ethernet cable.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hef

      If things are so bad there, I would think your time would be better spent helping a neighbor in need and not making remarks on the Internet. .

      August 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay is obviously a moron

      What comment is even needed here? His own words define his ignorance.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      To bad the rainstorm didn't wash the whole NE out sea. We would sure save on all that heating oil that drives up the cost of oil then pushing gas prices higher. Damn NE people and their heating oil. Only if it would have... I could have saved a few bucks this winter.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • NB

      You are dumb.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Tell the families of the 37 dead about the mere "rainstorm." Again, anyone who has actually lived in hurricane country knows that it is mostly water–i.e., storm surge– that kills in a hurricane, not wind. Hurricanes are not tornadoes.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • NO-Sama

      Bob, the bigger waste is the air molecules you are bothering to breath in and putting to no use at all.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMATTEN

      It's not hard to figure out who the Republicans are in this bunch of comments. Like Eric Cantor who opposes federal aid to FEMA unless the funds are taken out of some other federal program. Wow, what an American!!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boohoo

      Calling the issues from Irene in Vermont a "disaster" or a "catastrophe" is a bit much. So what, a few hundred or thousand people are affected. Do you realize the % of even the US population that represents? At best is a personal / local issue and should be handled in a personal / local way. Looks like someone should have had some water and food on hand. So I might sound like a crazy person but I can make it a month with 4 other people without ANY outside assistance. I have water, food, etc. Too bad you're a welfare baby and don't know how to take care of yourselves up there.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      not shark attacks shark "incidents". shark attacks scare away tourists. when sharks do eat arms, legs, torsos off human it's just because they mistake us for seals. They respect humans and are real sorry when they eat a few of us but it all tastes like chicken to them

      August 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      Obviously you were fortunate enough to be spared any damage from Irene.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • NO-Sama

      Well lets see Boohoo, 3.3 million people without power thats about 1% of the population. I'm sure the 41 dead across 11 different states means little to you either. Go back to your bunker and eat your rations.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      It appears jay got bit in th ars by a shark while sitting on the tornadic toilet

      September 4, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anakaranina

    No Peter, BUSH did that, Obama and the nation inherited the burden caused by a Republican government; now Republicans and tea partiers strand on the way of recovery because they"ll rather see the USA sink, than rescued by OBAMA. And then you have uninformed people with short memories like yourselves who go alone like the Romans followed their senate to the detriment of the Roman Empire, History will tell, like it always does... stick around and try to remember what you are witnessing.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Anakaranina, Please read up on the deregulation of the 90s. Subprime, Housing, Wallstreet, Banking, Glass-Stegall repeal ( The cornerstone legislation after the great depression ).

    August 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sunil

    SHUT UP!!! All of you just SHUT UP!!

    Can't you think of ANYTHING other than Bush and Obama????

    What does this news have ANYTHING to do with politics????

    SHUT UP!!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jordan

    i am sure your god BUSH screwed us but good.You are just ignorant.
    why did I waste my time replying.Ypou moron you stole a minute of my life from me.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. damian

    i like marinating in my funk juice

    August 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    Sure, Katia…riding in on Irene’s coat tails. That is soooo like you. Why don’t you try doing something original for once, and quit trying to steal everyone else’s thunder? What a copy Kat(ia).

    August 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • efsharr

      The "overblown" attention from NOAA and the media is a response to how everyone misjudged Katrina. Emergency response personnel and supplies have to be in place before a storm hits, and planing has to be based on worst-case scenarios. The "overblown" response shows everyone is doing their jobs.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Iman Obama bin Biden

    this is all George W. BUSH's Fault.

    Praise be to ALLAH

    August 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I thought it was Obama's? I'm so confused now!!

      August 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tomas

      Lemme guess: You're a middle aged "desperate-for-attention" white guy.

      August 31, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • JBYJ

      Hey IOBB. you dumb sum!

      September 4, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. jay

    I hope it the hurricane gets confused in the Bermuda triangle and loses its sense of direction and go east.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    OMG... I've doomed us all!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hef

    Lets face it, any loss of life or personal property damage is bad. But keep this up little boy media and what will happpen when the real thing hits and you are responsible for hundreds that would not believe your warnings anymore.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jose SA

    Dude, what's up with you and Obama ? If you think you can do better, why don't you run for office?

    August 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NJ

    People are sick and you post it. You are sick!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JJ

    Hey numbnuts PeterD, 8 years of the Bush administration is what screwed this country. Obama just inherited his mess, includiing the Iraq war. You are a jerk-off little punk.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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