Hurricane Katia continues moving across Atlantic

Hurricane Katia continues moving across Atlantic

Credit: NOAA.gov

Tracking Katia on Thursday morning

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Associated Press

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 1 at 12:30 PM

MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Katia is moving across the Atlantic with little change in strength while a new storm could be brewing off the Northeast U.S. coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday a low pressure system about 360 miles (418 km) north of Bermuda stood a 50 percent chance in the next two days of becoming a tropical cyclone, the first step toward a tropical storm.

Katia was about 1,050 miles (1,685 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west near 18 mph (30 kph) with maximum sustained winds Thursday near 75 mph (120 kph). It could become a major hurricane this weekend.

The hurricane center says it's too early to tell if Katia will hit the U.S. It is expected to pass north of the Caribbean.

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