Tropical storm Katia turned into the second hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Wednesday night. The National Hurricane Center says Katia is expected to strengthen over the next two days, and could be a major hurricane by the Labor Day weekend. At 11 p.m. Wednesday, Katia was at latitude 15 north, and longitude 44.4 west. Forecasters say that’s around 1165 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Katia’s top sustained winds have risen to 75 miles per hour, and she is moving west-northwest at 20 miles per hour. Lowest central pressure was 987 mb or 29.15 inches.
Gulf system also expected to develop further
Meanwhile, forecasters are also watching, “…a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico…associated with a trough of low pressure.” The National Hurricane Center says this area has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone as it moves slowly northwest over the next two days. The Hurricane Center warns that, “…interests along the entire northern Gulf of Mexico should monitor the progress of this disturbance.”
Daytona Beach forecast
Summer storms over Florida brought just over half an inch of rain to Daytona Beach yesterday, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Their forecast for overnight Wednesday predicts a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. Winds will be northeast around 5 miles per hour. For Thursday, there’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m., mostly sunny, with a high around 88. East to northeast winds are expected between 5 and 15 miles an hour, with gusts as high as 25 miles an hour.
The marine forecast for coastal waters from Flagler Beach to the Volusia-Brevard County line, out 20 nautical miles, calls for east to northeast winds 5 to 10 knots tonight, seas 2 feet with a dominant period of 8 seconds. Mostly smooth on the Intracoastal waters, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. On Thursday, northeast winds 10 to 15 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period of 5 seconds. A moderate chop is expected on intracoastal waters, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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