Friday, September 2, 2011

Tropical Update: Developing Hurricane Katia, TS Lee

After being downgraded to a Tropical Storm yesterday, Katia has regained hurricane strength over the Atlantic with sustained winds of 75mph.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression #13 has been named and upgraded to Tropical Storm Lee. As of 4pm Lee had 45 mph sustained winds and was moving at a painstakingly slow pace, going north at 2 miles per hour.

Both Katia and Lee have sparked discussions regarding the potential track and strength of each, especially when (and in Katia's case, IF) they hit the coast.

Preparations continue through the Gulf Coast region and similar to Hurricane Irene, massive flooding is a number one concern for these residents. Mississippi's governor, Haley Barbour, has declared a state of emergency in seven counties on or near the coast, saying the storm is expected to cause tremendous flooding over the holiday weekend.