Hurricane Katia Updates
September 5, 2011 by staff
Katia is in a favorable environment in the coming days for intensification. The Atlantic and northeastern states could see a pass closer, with potential impacts later this week.
In Central Florida rip current threat, with waves growing are the main problems on Monday.
Katia slightly weaker and constantly moving toward the northwest.
Alerts and Warnings
There is no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
At 5 am EDT, the hurricane’s center was located near latitude Katia 23.9 north, longitude 62.0 west.
Katia is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph and this general motion with a slight decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 100 mph with higher gusts. Katia is a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind. Some further strengthen during the next 48 hours and Katia is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and, with tropical storm-force; winds extend outward up to 185 miles.
Estimated minimum central pressure of 972 MB is, or 28.70 inches.
Large waves generated by Katia is expected to affect most of the east coast of the United States, Bermuda, the Greater Antilles and east-facing beaches of the Bahamas during the next few days. These waves can cause life threatening surf and rip current conditions. Swells affecting the northern Leeward Islands should begin to decline today.
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