Tropical Storms Loom Off U.S. Coast

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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The northeastern United States continues to suffer flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, while another storm is on track to move along the U.S. eastern coast.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Katia is moving north between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States with maximum sustained winds of 128 kilometers an hour. Forecasters say the Category One storm will weaken as it moves up the Atlantic into Thursday.

Bermuda is under a tropical storm watch and forecasters are warning of life-threatening rip currents and surf conditions as Katia moves north over the next few days.

Meantime, Tropical Storm Maria is churning farther out in the tropical Atlantic and is moving west –but forecasters say it poses no threat to land.

In Mexico, authorities have issued a warning for part of their coastline following the formation of Tropical Storm Nate in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say Nate will travel east before turning north on Friday, by which time it could become a hurricane.

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.