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Hurricane Kate becomes the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the 2015 season

By last modified Nov 11, 2015 02:35 PM
As of early on Wednesday morning, Kate became the fourth tropical system to reach hurricane strength during the 2015 Hurricane Season. Kate will bring strong winds and rough seas in the area from the southern Atlantic coast of the United States to Bermuda.

Published: 2015-11-11 00:00:00
Topics: Atlantic Crossing , Atlantic Ocean West , Weather
Countries: Bahamas , Bermuda

Rough surf and strong rip currents will be a concern for bathers along the southern Atlantic coast, even though Kate will take a northeasterly path and not approach.

Rough seas could pose a problem for shipping and cruise interests between the U.S., Bermuda and the Bahamas through Thursday.

Gusty showers and thunderstorms combined with rough seas will increase around Bermuda into Wednesday. Gusts between 50 and 100 kph (30 and 60 mph) can occur.

"At closest approach, Kate is likely to pass about 240 miles north of Bermuda on Wednesday," Kottlowski said.

Kate will pass hundreds of miles to the south and east of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, where seas will build on Thursday.

As the complex storm accelerates over progressively cooler waters of the North Atlantic later in the week, the system will begin to transform into a tropical rainstorm.

"Kate could bring strong gusty winds and heavy rain to the United Kingdom and Ireland later this weekend into early next week," Kottlowski said.

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