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Hurricane Katia (12L) Category One, Strengthening Expected – September 1st, 2011

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September 1st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Katia (12L) - August 31st, 2011

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Track of TS 12L  - September 1st, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 12L

The center of Hurricane Katia (12L) is located near latitude 15.2 north, longitude 45.9 west. Katia is moving toward the west near 20 mph (32 km/h). A general motion toward the west-northwest and a decrease in forward speed are expected during the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Katia is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Katia could become a major hurricane by the weekend.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 987 mb (29.15 inches).

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