All tropical storms pose a threat, but does Katia have a chance to take on the tough knuckled folks of Louisiana? The answer is, highly unlikely. Katia is experiencing favorable environmental conditions that will aid in her growth and strength. Tropical Storm Katia is surfing on warm waters with low atmospheric shear and is likely too intensive further however; the Louisiana Coast will not have to worry about her.
Tropical Storm Katia is just 9 mph under Hurricane strength. To become a CAT 1 Hurricane, maximum sustained winds must reach 74 mph. Katia currently is at 65 mph while moving west-northwest at 21 mph. She is still far enough out in the Atlantic that United States landfall is uncertain but it appears at this point that she will curve north then northeast and head back out into the Atlantic.
At this time the people of Bermuda need to keep a close eye on Tropical Storm Katia. Later in her development the people of New England may need to watch and see what happens.
Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf of Mexico bordering states may not need to worry about Tropical Storm Katia. What they need to monitor is the potential for development from a tropical disturbance located over the northwestern Caribbean. This system has every potential of becoming Tropical Storm Lee in the near future.
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