Hurricane Katia’s bizarre turn sends it careening towards United Kingdom

September 10, 2011LONDON –  It started off as Hurricane Katia – and was potentially heading to the eastern United States hot on the heels of Irene. But Katia turned before it reached the US and instead is racing across the mid-Atlantic towards Ireland, Scotland and parts of England says WeatherWatch.co.nz. Due to England’s northern latitude; it is very rare for tropical storms to make it there – a bit like tropical storms hitting Southland. Katia remains a category 1 hurricane with sustained winds near 140km/h. But this evening NZT Katia will weaken by 20km/h which means she will lose her hurricane status and becoming a tropical storm. However compared to the scale we use in the South Pacific, Katia would still be a category 1 Tropical Cyclone – showing that she still is packing some punch. The UK Met Office is unsure about Katia’s affect on the British Isles and are advising all residents across the UK, but especially Ireland and northwest Scotland, to be vigilant of warnings. Katia remains fairly close to the eastern United States and still has some travelling to do. But the storm could bring severe gales, huge seas and flooding rains. Tropical Storm Katia is not expected to directly hit London or southern England but could still bring gales and heavy rain predicts WeatherWatch.co.nz. –Voxy
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24 Responses to Hurricane Katia’s bizarre turn sends it careening towards United Kingdom

  1. Tracey says:

    Forecasters predict it will reach us by late Sunday evening and could disrupt Monday rush hour traffic , not sure if it will reach me as I m the other side on the East coast but will report anything of consequence…..

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    • Yamkin says:

      Tracey, The gales have moved further South than what was first anticipated. I’m based in the london area and am expecting wind speed of 21 mph with gusts of 30 – 40 mph anytime from 13:00 hrs

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  2. Cammac says:

    “Tropical Storm Katia is not expected to directly hit London or southern England but could still bring gales and heavy rain predicts WeatherWatch.co.nz.”

    Well thats a bonus can still vividly remember the Great storm of Oct 87, to this day have never experienced anything like it, what stands out the most was the sound, unstoppable, the ineffable presence of something way out of our control, thoughts are with the people in the north and west of the U.K

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  3. Since tropical storms generally move from East to West because of trade winds and the Coriolis effect, no one has asked why this storm is uncharacteristically moving from West to East but here’s the reason and its has something to do with the Prevailing Westerlies and Ferrel Cell rotation.

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  4. radiogirl says:

    yes,I posed the question to my husband this morning when I read the post.

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  5. Penny says:

    I remember the storm of 87 well , not sure if its gonna hit Cornwall though

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  6. This storm is moving rapidly also. The last I heard it was traveling at 55 mph. (Sorry, I don’t know what the kph is.) Unfortunately, this does not give Katia much time to weaken. My prayers for the people in the United Kingdom. Please do listen to the advisories, watches, and warnings.

    Be blessed and Maranatha

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  7. Warren says:

    Well It looks like Maria will make the same path if it passes the US coast. Either way, if it hits the US East Coast there will be More Flooding and Rip Tides, if NOT then UK, I hope you are prepared for a double whammy! Either Senior is not good, but I pray for those to take His Warning, I am Coming.

    God Bless and Lord Loves Us All!

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  8. Carol W says:

    I was on the Ferry crossing that got caught half way (too late to turn around) when the big one of 87 hit – I hit the bar big time and didn’t know a thing until next morning when all the vomit and broken crockery etc told me how bad it had been – the green faced passengers also said a lot.
    But we all survived! I always said it was the luck of the Irish as it was a huge bottle of Irish Cream that got me through. lol

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  9. Threehundred&thirtythree says:

    I’m in southern England so by the sounds of it we won’t get the full force but my thoughts are with you guys in the North.

    Great site Alvin – god bless you! I visit this site everyday too and it’s a great source of information.

    Thank you!

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  10. Yasmine says:

    Why is it bizarre that Katia made a turn?

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  11. luisport says:

    BULLETIN
    TROPICAL STORM MARIA ADVISORY NUMBER 20
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL142011
    1100 AM AST SUN SEP 11 2011

    …CENTER OF MARINA PASSING JUST NORTH OF THE VIRGIN
    ISLANDS…STRONG WINDS REMAIN WELL NORTH OVER THE ATLANTIC
    WATERS…

    SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
    ———————————————–
    LOCATION…19.0N 64.6W
    ABOUT 50 MI…80 KM NNE OF ST. THOMAS
    ABOUT 105 MI…170 KM ENE OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1007 MB…29.74 INCHES

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  12. scott says:

    Will it affect London, I am quite concerned since we have not had a storm in a while now

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  13. Denman says:

    http://www.daleh.id.au/classification.html Gives the wind speed of a Category 1 cyclone as 74 to 95 miles per hour.
    http://geography.about.com/od/lists/a/hurrcategories.htm Give the wind speed of a Category 1 hurricane also as 74 to 95 miles per hour.

    The categories of hurricanes and cyclones are the same.

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  14. luisport says:

    BreakingNews Breaking News
    Thousands without power in Ireland as high winds from Katia whip coast – IrishTimes http://bit.ly/paNozt
    há 12 minutos

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