Katia Could be Major Hurricane By Weekend, Expected to Pass North of Caribbean

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Katia on Thursday remained in the Atlantic, was chugging along westward and could become a major hurricane by the weekend.

According to an 11 a.m. public advisory, the Category 1 storm was moving at about 1,050 miles east of the Leeward Islands. It had winds of 75 mph, the center said.

Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Katia could become a major hurricane by the weekend, the hurricane center said. According to CNN, the extended forecast map shows the storm passing north of the Caribbean.

Swells generated by Katia will begin affecting the Lesser Antilles by late Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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