Katia grows to hurricane strength

2011-09-01 12:20

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Miami - Tropical Storm Katia strengthened into a hurricane over the Atlantic on Wednesday, while another mass of thunderstorms that could become a named storm this week triggered evacuations of some oil workers from the Gulf of Mexico.

Katia had sustained winds of 120km/h and was the second hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

The Miami-based centre said Katia was forecast to become a "major" hurricane with winds over 178km/h by the weekend but it was too early to tell whether it would threaten land.

At 23:00, Katia was about 1 875km east of the Caribbean's Leeward Islands. It was moving rapidly west-northwest and was forecast to turn northwest in a couple of days on a course that would keep it away from the Caribbean islands.

Hurricane Irene rampaged up the US East Coast over the weekend and authorities on the US Atlantic seaboard are keeping an eye on Katia to see which path it takes.

Energy companies

Long-range computer models, which can be off by hundreds of kilometres, show Katia nearing the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda in about a week. Several models turned it north, away from the US East Coast.

The Atlantic hurricane season typically brings 11 or 12 named storms. Katia is already the 11th, and with half of the season still ahead, it is shaping up to be the unusually busy year that was predicted.

Energy companies with oil and natural gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico were keeping watch on a mass of thunderstorms over the northwest Caribbean Sea and eastern Gulf.

In an advisory issued late on Wednesday, the hurricane centre said the disturbed weather system had a "high" chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next two days.

BP on Wednesday became the first major oil producer to say it was already evacuating some workers from offshore platforms in the Gulf because of the weather system, which would be dubbed Lee if it becomes a named storm.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp said later it was also evacuating non-essential workers from some Gulf platforms and Royal Dutch Shell said it was preparing for some evacuations as well.

"Interests along the entire northern Gulf of Mexico coast should monitor the progress of this disturbance," the hurricane centre said.

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