Get Ready For Hurricane Katrina

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Thurs. Aug. 25, 2005: Ready or not, the next hurricane of the 2005 season may form today, bringing a downpour in the southeast Florida east coast and the Bahamas.

Tropical Storm Katrina is expected to become Hurricane Katrina today according to forecasters of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center bringing heavy rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches to the Bahamas and areas of south Florida. Storm surge flooding of 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along with large and dangerous battering waves can be expected in the Bahamas, forecasters said.

At 11 p.m. last night, a hurricane warning was in place for the southeast Florida coast from Vero Beach southward to Florida City, including Lake Okeechobee while a tropical storm warning remained in effect for the northwest Bahamas.

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours and that preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

The center of Tropical Storm Katrina was last night about 60 miles southeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island and about 135 miles east of the southeast coast of Florida. She was moving toward the west near 8 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours bringing the center of Katrina into the Florida Straits tonight.

Maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph with higher gusts forecasted.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects an additional 11 to 14 tropical storms from August through November, with seven to nine becoming hurricanes, including three to five major hurricanes. In total, this season is likely to yield 18 to 21 tropical storms, with nine to 11 becoming hurricanes, including five to seven major hurricanes. The hurricane season begins in June and runs through November each year. –