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Tuesday August 30th, 2011

Tropical Storm Katia formed on Tuesday and is moving quickly across the Atlantic.

At 11 a.m. ET, Katia had grown to maximum sustained winds near 45 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Strengthening is forecast and Katia is expected to be a hurricane by late Wednesday, it added.

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.

Katia could affect the Caribbean, said NHC specialist Michael Brennan, but it’s too early to tell if it will hit the U.S.

The storm’s name replaces Katrina in the rotating storm roster because of the catastrophic damage from the 2005 storm.



August 31st, 2011    11:12 PM ET

Katia became the second hurricane of the Atlantic season Wednesday night and is
forecast to become a Category 3 storm in the Atlantic Ocean by the weekend,
though it’s still too early to know whether it will hit land.

This image, taken at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, shows storms
in the Gulf of Mexico that forecasters say could become a tropical depression.

Elsewhere, forecasters on Wednesday saw the potential for a
new tropical storm that could hit the U.S. Gulf Coast over the weekend.

A cluster of storms over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday could
become a tropical depression by Thursday, with the help of upper-level winds
that are forecast to aid development, the National Hurricane Center said in its
8 p.m. Wednesday tropical weather outlook.

“Most computer models are developing this into at least a tropical storm, if
not a hurricane within the next two days,” CNN Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras said
Wednesday evening.

“There is a ton of potential for flooding,” Jeras said. “One computer model
solution here (puts) as much as 6 to 12 inches of rain on the Gulf Coast by
Saturday morning.”

Other models have the system going into Texas,
parts of which are dealing with drought and wildfires.

The system has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next
48 hours, the hurricane center’s 8 p.m. outlook said.

As for Katia, it strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane
Wednesday night, with maximum sustained winds at 75 mph shortly before 11 p.m.,
the hurricane center said. The wind-speed threshold for hurricanes is 74

Shortly before 11 p.m., Katia was about 1,165 miles east of the Caribbean
Sea’s Leeward Islands, moving west-northwest near 20 mph.

The storm could be a major hurricane with winds above 110 mph by Saturday
night, possibly still hundreds of miles east of Puerto Rico, according to the
hurricane center. It still is too early to predict whether Katia will pose any
threat to land.



(09-01) 16:52 PDT MIAMI (AP) —

Forecasters have issued tropical storm warnings for the U.S. Gulf coast from Mississippi to Texas as a depression has organized in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center said Thursday night that the system will dump 10 to 15 inches of rain over southern areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Some areas could receive up to 20 inches of rain.

Louisiana’s governor has declared a state of emergency.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Katia has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves across the Atlantic but forecasters say they expect it to strengthen again over the next two days.

Katia (KAH’-tee-yah) was about 930 miles (1497 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west near 18 mph (30 kph) with maximum sustained winds late Thursday afternoon near 70 mph (113 kph), a 5 mph decrease. It could become a major hurricane this weekend.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it’s too early to tell if Katia will hit the U.S. It is expected to pass north of the Caribbean.

Meanwhile two other storm systems were developing over open water, but forecasters said it was too soon to tell if any might hit land.

Forecasters said there was an 80 percent chance a tropical depression could form in the Gulf of Mexico. It was unclear where that system would head, but it could bring much-needed relief to drought-plagued Texas.

The Gulf system already has prompted two major petroleum producers to remove crews from a handful of production platforms. Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil said they would also cut off a small amount of production. Both moves affect only a fraction of production.

The hurricane center said a slow-moving low pressure system about 360 miles (579 kilometers) north of Bermuda stood a 50 percent chance in the next two days of becoming a tropical cyclone, the first step toward a tropical storm.

Also, a tropical depression in the eastern Pacific has weakened over southwestern Mexico and is expected to dissipate Thursday night.



Katia became a hurricane on Wednesday August 31st, 2011

August 31st, 2011

8 + 31 +2+0+1+1 = 43 = both Katia’s life lesson and personal year = This is no fun.  The party’s over.

43 year + 8 (August) = 51 = Katia’ s personal month (from August 31st, 2011 to September 30th, 2011) = Officially a hurricane.  Formidable.  Deadly.


August 31st, 2011

31 +2+0+1+1 = 35 = Katia’s “secret” number = Warning.  Be on alert.  Forewarned is forearmed.


using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9




21291    15


15 = Hype.  Believe the hype.  Don’t believe the hype.


the sum of the first three letters rules the lifetime of the hurricane


11 (K is the 11th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 20 (t is the 20th letter of the alphabet) = 32


9 (I is the 9th letter of the alphabet) + 18 (r is the 18th letter of the alphabet) + 5 (e is the 5th letter of the alphabet) = 32

32 = Big.  Enormous.  Packing a punch.  Hitting the United States.




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Monday, 22 August 2011 10:36

A Red Alert has been issued from the Haitian National Cyclone Risk Management and Disaster (PNGRD) for Irene which was upgraded at 5 am Monday to a category 1 hurricane, the first hurricane of the 2011 season.

The analysis of different forecasting models show Irene strengthening slightly but during the day Monday before reaching the north of the island of Haiti.

Weakening is possible when it makes contact with the Dominican Republic, however, precipitation will be very significant especially for the northern, central and Artibonite.

A vigilance level of red has been issued by the National Risk Management and Disaster (PNGRD) which warns of a persistent threat of heavy rain, gale force winds, risks of landslides and floods.



Hurricane Irene continues to grow in strength and ferocity and is now on track to become a Category 4 hurricane, authorities said. Fueled by warm waters and nothing to slow it down, the hurricane is taking a path that will likely skirt Florida and head straight for the Carolinas, with landfall this weekend.

The National Hurricane Center warns that the storm remains unpredictable and is urging East Coast residents to closely track the first major hurricane of the 2011 season as it heads toward the United States so that they can be prepared for impact.

The storm, which is now a Category 2 hurricane, is moving at about 12 mph and is currently north of the Dominican Republic, said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen in an interview with The Times. Unfortunately, that means “it’s moving into an environment which is very ideal for strengthening. … We expect it to become a Category 4 hurricane as it passes east of central Florida.”

PHOTOS: In the path of Hurricane Irene

The warm ocean waters and very low wind shear are the two key factors driving the hurricane, he said. High wind shear could help disrupt the storm, scattering it.

“We expect the storm to stay off the coast of Florida, which is good news for Florida. But it’s still looking like it’s going to impact the Carolinas and could make landfall there as a major hurricane.”



Irene became a hurricane on Monday August 22nd, 2011

August 22nd, 2011

8 + 22 +2+0+1+1 = 34 = Trajectory.  Top speeds.  Red alert.  Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.  Rapid developments.  Fueled by warm waters and nothing to slow it down, the hurricane is taking a path that will likely skirt Florida and head straight for the Carolinas, with landfall this weekend.  Subways.  Planes, trains and autombiles.  Getting out of dodge.




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