Tropical Storm Katia

September 2, 2011 by staff 

Tropical Storm KatiaTropical Storm Katia, Katia Tropical Storm, which lost its charateristics Category 1 hurricane Thursday night, is not expected to become stronger on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest report.

At about 5 am local time (0900 GMT), Katia, located about 750 miles (1,205 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands, was maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km / h).

There is no coastal watches or warnings in effect, the NHC said.

“Katia is moving west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km / h) and a movement toward the northwest at a speed below expected for the next couple of days,” said the NHC.

Tropical cyclones become tropical storms when their winds exceed 39 mph (63 kph) and become hurricanes when their winds reach over 74 mph (119 kph).

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