Katia Becomes Second Hurricane In 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season

As of 11:00pm EDT, Katia has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and becomes the second hurricane in the Atlantic basin this year.

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM AST 8/31/2011...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...15.0N 44.4W
ABOUT 1165 MI...1875 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 20 MPH...32 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...987 MB...29.15 INCHES

With low shear and warm waters, Katia is expected to continue to strengthen over the next 2-3 days as it moves west-northwest.  After this, Katia will be making a turn northwest due to its position with the Bermuda High.  Models still differ with timing and track location after 3 days.  Residents in the southeastern United States should monitor Katia closely.

 

Figure 1. NHC's forecast track of Hurricane Katia.

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