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Katia downgraded again

Katia loses strength again
Katia loses strength again

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

September 3, 2011 — Katia has once again been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Katia's forecast track
Katia's forecast track

On Wednesday night, Katia strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic and then later weakened to a tropical storm Thursday.

By late Friday morning, Katia regained hurricane status and became a Category 1 storm once again.

However, with sustained winds in the very lower limits for a hurricane, it was only a matter of time before Katia was once again downgraded to a tropical storm.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) say Katia's future is uncertain. Models show little chance of the storm regaining hurricane strength in the next 48 hours, but Katia could still become a major hurricane of Category 3 or higher in the long term.

One thing that is clear is that Katia still poses no immediate threat to land.

85 per cent of New Orleans was left under water after Hurricane Katrina
85 per cent of New Orleans was left under water after Hurricane Katrina

Storms are named before they form and Katia replaces the name Katrina in the rotating storm roster. It's been six years since Hurricane Katrina tore across the Gulf of Mexico leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.

The name Katrina was stricken from the list since to use it for a different storm would be inappropriate.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Lee is looming over the U.S. Gulf coast, threatening to bring more than 500 mm of rain to some areas.

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

With files from Jill Colton and Alexandra Pope

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