September 4, 2011 – Mysterious Hurricane Katia Gains Strength and Targets the United States: As of 11:00AM EST today, Hurricane Katia was located 360 miles north-east of the northern Leeward Islands (see map). She was packing maximum sustained winds of 100 MPH, with gusts to 110 MPH, and moving north-west at 12 MPH or 288 miles per day. Currently categorized as a Category 2 Hurricane, Katia is rapidly strengthening.
Like Tropical Storm Lee, in the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katia has been somewhat erratic in terms of her strength. One day she weakens to a Tropical Storm, with winds of less than 74 MPH and the next she builds power to a Category 2 Hurricane. Where this storm eventually ends up and at what strength is a mystery.
For now, Hurricane Katia is expected to continue on the forecast track (see map). Katia is expected to remain north of the Northern Leeward Islands. There are no coastal watches or warnings, in effect – yet!
Katia is expected to strengthen over the next two days and could become a major Category 3 or 4 Hurricane by Monday, September 5th. Winds of between 111 to 155 MPH are possible. If this monster strikes the Eastern Seaboard of the Unified States, it will make Hurricane Irene look like a Spring Shower.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles, and tropical Storm force winds extend to 175 miles.
Waves generated by Katia are primarily affecting the northern Lesser Antilles. Swells could affect Bermuda by early next week. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip tide currents.
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