Katia falls to tropical storm strength at sea

AP News
Posted: Sep 03, 2011 11:09 PM
Katia falls to tropical storm strength at sea

Katia has weakened to a tropical storm far out at sea, but it could regain hurricane strength as it chugs westward.

Late Saturday, Katia had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph). Fluctuations in strength were expected, and forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane center says it could become a hurricane again at any time.

It was located about 400 miles (640 kilometers) east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands. It was moving west-northwest at 10 mph.

Swells churned up by Katia are affecting the Lesser Antilles and could begin affecting Bermuda Saturday or Sunday.

It's too early to tell if Katia will affect the U.S. East Coast.