Second hurricane of the season forms east of the Leeward Islands

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday August 31, 2011 – The 11 p.m. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) advisory reports that Hurricane Katia continues to move quickly across the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 75 MPH.

According to the latest NHC report “Katia continues to move toward the west-northwest near 20 MPH however a gradual slowing of forward speed is expected in the next 48 hours.”

At 11 p.m. eastern time Hurricane Katia was located near latitude 15.0 north longitude 44.4 west or 1165 miles east of the Leeward Islands.

Hurricane Katia

According to the NHC report “hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.”

The estmated minimal central pressure is 987 MB.

It has been predicted that Katia will be a Category 3 hurricane – with maximum sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour – northeast of the northern Leeward Islands by Sunday, but the NHC said its path is not certain.

The 2011 hurricane season has been forecasted to have a well above average probability of United States and Caribbean major hurricane landfall according to Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University. The season is expected to see about 9 hurricanes, 17 named storms and 5 major hurricanes. Track Katia in the Storm Centre.

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