Concerns that Tropical Storm Katia Could Become Next Hurricane & Affect St. Kitts

 

There is added concern that the storm could affect the Lesser Antilles, including St. Kitts and Nevis, as early as Saturday morning.

At 5am Friday, the centre of TS Katia was located just over 700 miles East of St. Kitts-Nevis, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

 

The Tropical Storm is expected to continue to move toward the west near 15 MPH, however a gradual slowing and decrease in forward speed is expected in the next 24 hours.

Predictions were previously being made that Katia would develop into a Category 3 hurricane, northeast of the northern Leeward Islands by Sunday.

 

The St. Kitts Met Office also reported, “Rough seas are expected, primarily along the Atlantic side of the island, with likely impact along the Cayon into Dieppe Bay areas, beginning tonight, (Friday). Conditions may begin to deteriorate as early as this evening, and persons residing in that region of the island are asked to monitor the local media for further updates and to take necessary precautions to secure lives and property.”

The storm is not predicted to have a direct impact with the federation but rain is also in the forecast for that period.

The National Disaster Coordinator, Carl Herbert has also appealed to persons to be diligent, as predicting weather patterns is not an exact science and systems can change suddenly.

The season is expected to see about 9 hurricanes, 17 named storms and 5 major hurricanes.

 

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