National Hurricane Center also watching a Gulf of Mexico disturbance
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Katia, the latest tropical cyclone to spin off the coast of Africa and across the Atlantic, has reached hurricane force, with sustained winds of 75 mph extending about 25 miles out from the center of circulation. The category one storm is still in a favorable environment for strengthening and could become a major hurricane with 120 mph winds by the weekend, according to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center.
Katia is moving west-northwest at about 20 mph, but is expected to slow down and veer more northward during the next 48 hours, on a track that would clear the Windward Islands in the eastern Caribbean and more in the direction of Bermuda. Some of the long-range forecast models show Katia turning away from the U.S. mainland altogether. (more…)
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