Katia, the second named hurricane of the Atlantic season, weakened Thursday, but then regained hurricane status, late Friday morning. The Category 1 storm poses no current threat to land, but forecasters are also keeping a close eye on two other disturbances that are forming in the Atlantic.
Tropical Depression 13 has been swirling over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico for the past couple of days and has a strong chance of becoming Tropical Storm Lee by Friday.
Tropical storm warnings stretch from Mississippi to Texas including New Orleans and Gulf Coast states are preparing for a drenching from this system.
“This is a very slow moving storm and could remain stationary for up to four days,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “At least 250 mm of rain is expected through Tuesday.”
With the threat of flash flooding, Louisiana's governor has already declared a state of emergency. He says they're not taking any chances, especially after devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The storm has also forced two major oil producers to remove crews from production platforms.
Meanwhile, the third system that forecasters are monitoring closely is about 500 km south of Nova Scotia.
“It's not a tropical storm yet, but the potential is there,” says Dillon.
No watches or warnings are in place as it is currently no threat to land. The system is expected to just graze the Maritimes over the next couple of days.
Stay updated on the current storms in both the Atlantic and Pacific by heading to the Tropical Storm Centre.