|Rough seas and strong rip currents will be a concern for bathers along the southern Atlantic coast. // Photo courtesy of AccuWeather|
According to Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather hurricane expert, "Kate will gain strength and could become a hurricane during the middle days of this week."
Rough surf and strong rip currents will be a concern for bathers along the southern Atlantic coast, even though Kate will take a northeasterly path and not approach, according to AccuWeather.
Rough seas could pose a problem for shipping and cruise interests between the U.S., Bermuda and The Bahamas through Thursday.
According to the report, Kate will be over warm waters into Thursday and could become the Atlantic's fourth hurricane of the season, prior to becoming absorbed by a non-tropical system moving off the U.S. and Canada coast. Kate will pass hundreds of miles to the south and east of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, where seas will build on Thursday.
Tropical Depression 12 became Tropical Storm Kate Monday morning near the Bahamas. Kate brought rain squalls and gusty winds to the eastern islands of the Bahamas on Monday, before speeding away to the north, according to AccuWeather.