Tropical Storm Katia formed in the mid Atlantic early August 30 from Tropical Depression # 12. This storm is gaining strength rapidly and tracking models are showing this as a Major (Category 3 or higher) Hurricane by late Saturday or early Sunday. While projections at this time are imprecise, we have a concern that one of the tracking models is showing a south Florida involvement in just over a week. Timing is critical as to the upper level flow meeting the storm and influencing it’s direction. We will post new information as necessary. However, we are asking that all persons in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina and the Gulf Coast States start monitoring the progress of this storm and listen carefully to your local official advisories.
For up to the minute official advisories and information, please visit the NHC website in Miami:
“THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL ADVISORY. These updates and advisories are based upon information from our own computer models, NOAA, Local Weather Data Centers, deep water Buoy Data, and other publicly available sources. FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR PROPERTY AND PERSON, please refer to your Local, State, and Federal Authority updates for Official Advisories and Orders. For up to the minute advisories and official updates, it is essential that you monitor your local Emergency Government, NOAA and Local Media Broadcasts. Please do not make personal safety decisions based upon information presented here in this Unofficial Advisory.”