Katia Strengthens Into Hurricane

But no prediction of where she'll make landfall
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2011 6:31 AM CDT
Hurricane Katia Now a Category 1 Storm
Tropical Storm Katia is seen August 30, 2011 in the Atlantic Ocean. According to the National Hurricane Center, Katia will likely become a hurricane and has potential to become a major hurricane.   (Getty Images)

Adding insult to the East Coast's injury, there's a new hurricane in town: Tropical Storm Katia (ahem, another of those infamous K-hurricanes) has strengthened overnight into a Category 1 hurricane, reports the LA Times. “Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Katia could become a major hurricane by the weekend," says the National Hurricane Center.

Katia is currently churning in the middle of the Atlantic, some 1,100 miles east of the Leeward Islands, which include Antigua and St. Kitts. She's currently moving at 20mph west-northwest, but there's no solid prediction yet of if or where she could make landfall, notes the AP. (Read more hurricane stories.)

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