Tropical Storm Katia formed early Tuesday in the eastern Atlantic and is expected to strengthen to near hurricane intensity by late Wednesday or early Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
It's too early to know if it will hit the United States.
Katia (pronounced COT-tee-ya) was about 535 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph early Tuesday. The storm was moving west-northwest at 17 mph.
Katia will not be near any land through the work week, said Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez.