Tropical Storm Katia likely to be hurricane in days
Tropical Depression 12, as forecast, became Tropical Storm Katia overnight. And forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say she will reach hurricane force by late Wednesday or early Thursday.
Looking farther down the road, forecast models have Katia reaching Cat. 3 ("major") hurricane strength by the weekend.
For now, Katia poses no threat to land. At 11 a.m. the NHC put the storm 630 miles west southwest of the Cape Verde Islands off West Africa. The highest sustained winds were 45 mph, with more strengthening expected as the storm gets better organized.
Katia was moving to the west northwest at 18 mph, a course that was expected to continue for at least 48 more hours.
Forecast models show the storm eventually approaching the Bahamas. One then curves it to the north before reaching the East Coast of the U.S.
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