Tropical Storm “Katia” forms in the Gulf of Mexico


Tropical Storm "Katia" formed in the Bay of Campeche, near the coast of Mexico at 09:00 UTC on September 6, 2017 as the 11th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The system is nearly stationary at this time, with its center located 165 km (105 miles) east of Mexico's Tampico. On the current forecast track, Katia should remain offshore through Friday morning, and then move toward the coast of Mexico, possibly as a Category 1 hurricane.

At 09:00 UTC (04:00 CDT) on September 6, 2017, the center of Tropical Storm "Katia" was located 165 km (105 miles) east of Tampico, Mexico. The system has maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph) and is moving ESE at 4 km (2 mph) with a minimum estimated central pressure of 1 006 hPa.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Katia is expected to gradually turn southeastward during the next 24 hours and continue moving in this general direction through Thursday. A turn toward the southeast is expected on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Katia is expected to remain offshore of Mexico through Friday morning, NHC said.

Tropical Storm Katia at 13:30 UTC on September 6, 2017

Tropical Storm "Katia" at 13:30 UTC on September 6, 2017. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16 (preliminary and non-operational)

Tropical Storm Katia NHC forecast track September 6, 2017

There are currently no hazards affecting land and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

However, a tropical storm watch could be required for portions of the Mexican state of Veracruz later today.

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

Katia is expected to approach the coast of Mexico around CDT midnight on Saturday, September 9.

Featured image: Tropical Depression 13 soon to become Tropical Storm "Katia" – at 10:30 UTC on September 6, 2017. Credit: NOAA/GOES-16 (preliminary and non-operational)

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