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Katia now a hurricane; disturbance in Gulf could grow

A system in central Gulf of Mexico now has a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, while meteorologists continue to watch a slowly strengthening Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic.

The low pressure system in the gulf, which is moving in a northwest direction and could have impact on Florida's weather this weekend, could develop with in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Meanwhile, Katia's strength hasn't changed much over the past several hours, according forecasters. But it could develop into a major hurricane by the weekend.

Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said Katia, which was upgraded from tropical storm to hurricane Wednesday night, was moving toward the west-northwest Thursday morning.

The National Hurricane Center said Katia was over warm waters and in a low wind shear environment, two ingredients that could propel it to become a major hurricane.

The next two named storms will be Lee and Maria.

Tracking Katia

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Katia now a hurricane; disturbance in Gulf could grow 08/31/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:50pm]
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