Hurricane Center Reports Katia Weakens; Tropical Depression 14 Forms

September 7, 2011

The 5:00 a.m. AST bulletin from the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that Hurricane Katia has weakened somewhat. It is now a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale with maximum sustained winds around 90 mph, 150 km/h, with higher gusts.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles, 110 kms, from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles, 335 kms. The NHC said “little change in strength is forecast today, followed by gradual weakening on Thursday.”

The storm continues to follow a track that is expected to see it pass between Bermuda and the U.S. east coast tonight and Thursday. It is currently about 310 miles, 500 kms, southwest of Bermuda.

However, the NHC is also following the progress of tropical depression 14. It is still far out in the Atlantic – “about 1100 miles, 1770 kms, west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and around 1455 miles, 2340 kms, east of the Lesser Antilles.”

The NHC said TD 14 is “near tropical storm strength” with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, 55 km/h. It is currently headed due west at 20 mph, 32 km/h.

If it continues on the NHC’s projected 5-day track, it would reach the Lesser Antilles early Saturday morning, and could pose a threat to the Bahamas and ultimately Florida and the east coast of the U.S. by the end of next week.

Source: National Hurricane Center

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