Hurricane Katia Approaches Bermuda, U.S. Coast

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 12:36 pm (UTC-5)
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As the northeastern United States continues to suffer flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, another hurricane is approaching the U.S. eastern coast.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Katia is approaching the British territory of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers an hour. Forecasters say the core of the Category One storm will weaken as it moves between Bermuda and the U.S. coast late Wednesday and Thursday.

Bermuda is under a tropical storm watch. Forecasters are warning of life-threatening rip currents and surf conditions along the U.S. east coast and Bermuda in the next few days.

Meantime, Tropical Storm Maria looms farther out in the tropical Atlantic and is moving west — but at present experts say it poses no threat to land.

September is considered the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, which has already seen 12 named storms. The hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30.

On Monday, Tropical Storm Lee sparked tornadoes that damaged dozens of homes in Georgia. It also caused widespread power outages and flooded roads throughout the south.

Lee made landfall near the city of New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday, flooding streets and recalling the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina six years ago. Lee dumped more than 30 centimeters of rain on Louisiana and Mississippi.

The storm was later downgraded to a tropical depression.