Hurricane Katia forms in the Gulf

At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center announced that Depression Thirteen has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Katia. The Tropical Storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The center of Tropical Storm Katia was located near latitude 22.1 North, longitude 96.3 West. Katia is
moving toward the east-southeast near 2 mph (4 km/h), and the system should gradually turn southeastward during the next 24 hours and continue moving in this general direction through Thursday. A turn toward the southwest is forecast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Katia is expected to remain offshore of Mexico through Friday morning.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).

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