The Weather Channel is keeping an eye on two new storms that could potentially spell trouble for the United States. In the wake of Hurricane Irene and its aftermath, meteorologists from TWC are turning to Katia and Lee as the next potential threats. “Not surprisingly, since we are in the peak of hurricane season, the tropics are staying active in the wake of Hurricane Irene,” is the message currently posted on weather.com. Below is the latest information from The Weather Channel on Tropical Storm Katia and a tropical disturbance (Lee) as it nears the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Katia:
Tropical Storm Katia is expected to strengthen into a hurricane over the next several days as it moves off to the west-northwest in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The storm is still far away from land and it is too early to determine if any land areas in the United States will be affected in the future. Katia is expected to reach the Leeward Islands around Labor Day. In the meantime, The Weather Channel is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Katia, which currently has winds of 65 mph and a pressure of 994 mb. Jim Cantore, who covered Hurricane Irene first in New York City and then from his home state of Vermont tweeted about Katia, “Dearest Katia, Irene broke my heart so I am not ready.” When asked about the potential of Katia making landfall along the East Coast of the U.S., Cantore says it’s still too early to call. The Weather Channel says there is a potential for Katia curving out to see, which would be a huge relief for the East Coast.
Tropical Disturbance (to be called “Lee” if it develops into storm status):
The Weather Channel is concerned with a tropical disturbance that is located in the Northwest Caribbean and has the potential to affect Texas and Louisiana over Labor Day weekend. The following message is posted on The Weather Channel about the newest tropical disturbance, which would be named Lee if it strengthens into a tropical storm.
Closer to the U.S., we have a more immediate concern. Numerous computer models forecast that this system could develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm later this week as it makes a move towards the western Gulf of Mexico.
It’s too early to say what impacts this system may have, but residents and those with plans along the Gulf Coast late this week into the Labor Day weekend should monitor the situation closely, particularly in Texas and Louisiana. “This system could make folks along the Gulf change their weekend holiday plans,” a meteorologist said this morning on The Weather Channel.
This could be good news, especially in Texas where record-breaking heat and the lack of rainfall has plagued the state this summer. Just minutes ago, TWC meteorologist Jeff Morrow stated…
The low pressure area may meander in the Gulf for days, but it could develop into something tropical.
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