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


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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