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Tracking Hurricane Katia and Tropical Storm Maria in the Atlantic


Hurricane Katia is drawing closer to land, but is not expected to make landfall
Hurricane Katia is drawing closer to land, but is not expected to make landfall

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

September 7, 2011 — The Canadian Hurricane Centre is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Katia. Tropical Storm Maria has also formed in the Atlantic.

Katia should miss the U.S. east coast and the Maritimes altogether
Katia should miss the U.S. east coast and the Maritimes altogether

Hurricane Katia has been churning across the Atlantic Ocean for more than week and is beginning to draw closer to the U.S. east coast.

Fortunately, most forecast models have it veering sharply to the northeast by Thursday, missing the eastern seaboard.

However, the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) continues to monitor Katia closely to determine how it could impact Canada.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the CHC, a branch of Environment Canada, said Katia is expected to make a sharp eastward turn on Friday. If that happens, large waves could reach the southern coastlines of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, but the greatest storm impacts would occur offshore.

However, sharp turns are challenging to predict, the CHC said, and the timing of Katia's turn will be critical to the forecast.

Hurricane season is peaking in the tropics, generating a lot of storm activity
Hurricane season is peaking in the tropics, generating a lot of storm activity

Since first becoming a hurricane last Wednesday, Katia has wavered between being a weak Category 1 hurricane and a strong tropical storm.

However, Katia rapidly intensified overnight on Saturday and briefly became a Category 4 storm late Monday night. It has since weakened to Category 1 status.

Katia is expected to bring high surf to Bermuda, the Greater Antilles and parts of the Bahamas over the next couple of days. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda.

Meanwhile, the remnants of tropical storm Lee are drenching the U.S. Gulf coast and threatening to bring more than 500 mm of rain to some areas.

Forecasters are also monitoring a new disturbance, Tropical Storm Maria. This is the 13th named storm of the season and currently poses no threat to land. No coastal watches or warnings have been issued.

Stay updated on the current storms in both the Atlantic and Pacific by heading to the Tropical Storm Centre.

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