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Katia close to hurricane strength as it crosses Atlantic

Tropical Storm Katia could strengthen into a hurricane Wednesday as it chugs across the Atlantic.

Katia (pronounced KAH'-tee-yah) was nearly 1000 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands early Wednesday and quickly moving west-northwest at 21 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Katia had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

Computer models show Katia following the same path for the next day or two before making a northerly turn around a high-pressure ridge, according to Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez. That path would keep Katia away from Florida the U.S. East Coast, she said.

Hurricane forecasters were also watching a tropical wave in the northwest Carribean, just offshore of the Yucatan Peninsula. The system early Wednesday had a 10 percent chance of becoming a tropical wave in the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tracking Katia

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