Hurricane Katia is now a Category Four hurricane, but her main risk to the U.S. comes from “…dangerous rip currents…along [the] U.S. east coast,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters say large swells from Katia are likely to causelife-threatening surf and rip current conditions off the east coast of the U.S. and the east-facing beaches of the Bahamas.
Late Sunday night Katia was at latitude 25.8 north, longitude 64.4 west, or about 450 miles south of Bermuda. Her top sustained winds were 135 miles per hour, and she was moving northwest at 10 miles per hour. Lowest central pressure was 946 mb or 27.94 inches. As you can see from the five-day forecast cone picture in the slideshow with this article, Katia is expected to stay offshore, and turn northeast and head back out to sea later this week.
New tropical system may form
Meanwhile, forecasters also report that a low pressure system about 600 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next two days. The system has been moving west or west-northwest at around 15 miles per hour.
Click here to visit the National Hurricane Center web site.
Flooding following Lee downgrade
What remains of tropical storm Lee is expected to cause flooding from the Tennessee Valley to New England. Click here to see National Weather Service advisories for post-tropical storm Lee.
Daytona Beach forecast
There’s another 60 percent chance of afternoon rain for Daytona Beach Tuesday, along with cloudy skies and a high near 91. Winds will be south-southwest around 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain Tuesday evening.
A storm that moved through the Daytona Beach area Monday afternoon caused gusty winds along I-95 near LPGA Boulevard, as this Examiner was driving in that area, and likely contributed to a power fail for around 400 Florida Power and Light customers in the LPGA area Monday.
For boaters from Flagler Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County line out 20 nautical miles, small craft should exercise caution. Winds Tuesday will be southwest 15 to 20 knots, seas 4 to 6 feet with a dominant period of 12 seconds. A moderate chop is expected on the Intracoastal waters, with numerous showers and thunderstorms.
The forecast for waters from Flagler Beach to Jupiter Inlet out 60 nautical miles warns of winds south to southwest that will cause, “…marginally hazardous conditions for small craft through Tuesday.” Forecasters say long period swells from Katia will keep seas elevated over local waters through late week.
Click here to visit the National Weather Service Office Melbourne web site.
Coast Guard looks for man overboard off Flagler
The Coast Guard also says it is searching for a man reported overboard Monday afternoon around two miles east of Flagler Beach. A passenger on the 22-foot sail vessel Cedar Roost reported the incident late Monday afternoon. A rescue boat crew from the Coast Guard Station in Ponce Inlet, a rescue helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were assisting in the search.
Click here to visit the Coast Guard web site.