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Katia (12L) Weakens from Hurricane to Tropical Storm, but Could Regain Strength

18.6N 62.3W

September 3rd, 2011 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Katia (12L) - September 3rd, 2011

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Track of TS 12L  - September 3rd, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 12L

The center of Tropical Storm Katia (12L) is located near latitude 19.9 north, longitude 56.8 west. Katia is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue through Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Fluctuations in intensity are possible over the next day or so, and Katia could re-strengthen back to a hurricane at any time.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 993 mb (29.32 inches).

Hazards affecting land are mainly related to high surf. Swells generated by Katia are affecting the Lesser Antilles and could begin to affect Bermuda by tonight or Sunday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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