Tropical Storm Katia was gaining strength in the mid-Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday near the Cape Verde Islands, and is expected to reach hurricane status by Wednesday evening.

Officials at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the fast-moving storm could affect the Carribean, but that it’s too soon to tell whether or not it might reach the U.S. mainland. –BF

MSNBC:

The storm’s forecast track shows it moving north of Puerto Rico over the weekend and becoming a major hurricane with winds greater than 110 mph.

Katia was centered about 630 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and was moving west-northwest near 18 mph.

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