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The latest on Hurricane Katia and tropical storms Maria and Nate

Infared image of tropical Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico (NOAA)

Working east to west, tropical storm Maria has been battling dry air and wind shear while traversing the central Atlantic. Positioned 605 miles east of the Windward islands, it’s racing west at 40 mph with maximum winds of 40 mph, barely tropical storm intensity. While it is poorly organized now, conditions may become more favorable for development in a few days as it approaches the central Bahamas. This storm may turn out to sea before reaching the U.S., but the track uncertainty is high so it bears watching.

Hurricane Katia, located 330 miles west-northwest of Bermuda, has been slowly weakening (maximum winds down to 85 mph) and will not strike the East Coast or Bermuda. It is forecast to turn northeast out over the open Atlantic ocean towards northwest Europe over the next several days. AccuWeather says hurricane gusts could reach Ireland and Scotland. Before that potentially happens, high surf and dangerous rip currents will impact the U.S. East Coast.

Finally, tropical storm Nate has slowly intensified in the southern Gulf of Mexico and now has peak sustained winds of 60 mph. Almost stationary, it’s future path is highly uncertain but official track guidance has it drifting north-northwest over the next several days. The entire Gulf coast needs to monitor this system.

Watch the video below where Capital Weather Gang tropical weather expert Greg Postel analyzes these three storms....

Related: Hurricane Tracking Center

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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