Residents of Aurora going on vacation will want to beware of the tropics. Katia has now become a hurricane out in the Atlantic. There is a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that is being monitored. The National Hurricane Center shows that it has a 60% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.
Katia has become this year’s second hurricane. It is now packing sustained winds of up to 75mph with gusts up to 90mph.The storm will likely reach category 3 strength, making it the 2nd major hurricane of the year, over the weekend. The storm poses no immediate threat to land, likely moving to the north of Puerto Rico by Labor Day. Katia will need to be watched in case it makes a move on the east coast next week.
There is an area under investigation in the Gulf of Mexico. Models are having a terrible time agreeing on a storm track, but it will begin to impact some part of the Gulf Coast this weekend. Regardless of how strong this system becomes, areas along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico may see very heavy rainfall.
To summarize, Aurora residents traveling to the Gulf Coast may be impacted, by what will eventually become tropical storm Lee, over the Labor Day weekend. Those traveling to the east coast next week will want to keep a close eye on Katia.