Hurricane Katia Weakens to Category 1

Forecasters say the storm will miss US coast
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2011 6:07 AM CDT
Hurricane Katia Weakens to Category 1
This NOAA satellite image taken today at 1:45 a.m,. EDT shows Hurricane Katia about 315 miles SSW of Bermuda.   (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

(Newser) – Hurricane Katia has weakened to Category 1 early this morning, after building to Category 2 on Sunday, its winds decreasing to 90mph, reports the AP. Katia is not expected to hit land, but its storm surge could affect the US East Coast, Bermuda, and parts of the Bahamas, according to meteorologists. Meanwhile, a tropical depression far out in the Atlantic is apparently building, set to become a tropical storm later today. Forecasters say it is heading toward Puerto Rico and could reach the islands by Sunday. (Read more Hurricane Katia stories.)

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