TD12 becomes Katia and heads west-northwest

| 30/08/2011

(CNS): Tropical Strom Katia the Atlantic’s 12th tropical storm of the season formed at around 6am local time and was headed WNW at about 17mph. Located about 535 miles WSW of the Southernmost Cape Verde Islands, Katia has maximum winds of 40mph but poses no threat to the Cayman Islands. The National Hurricane Centre said Katia was expected to speed up and Strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours. The storm is expected to be near hurricane intensity by late Wednesday or early Thursday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the centre. Meanwhile, local forecasters said rainy weather is expected over the Cayman area today with fresh winds and rough seas over the next 24 hours.

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