HURRICANE KATIA, Tropical Storms Maria and Nate 9/8/2011 4:30am

Colleagues, Nothing to worry about for a week at least. FORECAST: HURRICANE KATIA will is passing West of Bermuda 70 miles with winds of 90 mph and will pass North Carolina's outer banks by 80 miles later today then head to Norway. Both Tropical Storms Maria will make hurricane Category1 status eventually, but Nate will come ashore some 50 miles south of Texas and Maria will hit the northern Leeward Islands and come close to Puerto Rico this weekend as a Tropical Storm with 55 mph winds, and move toward the NE with winds gradually starting to strengthen late in the weekend. Almost no chance of hitting Florida.

DISCUSSION: In the sort term Maria is in an environment with hostile wind shear which is inhibiting development, but that might change early next week. For now, it is slowly moving WNW as a Tropical Storm and will brush by the Leeward Islands and Peurto Rico this weekend.

NEXT FORECAST: Tomorrow, Friday.

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