Katia weakens to Category 2 hurricane

Posted Sept. 06, 2011, at 5:18 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 06, 2011, at 9:18 p.m.

MIAMI — Hurricane Katia has weakened over the Atlantic Ocean to a Category 2 storm.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday night that Katia’s maximum sustained winds are at 105 mph.

Forecast maps show Katia veering to the northeast away from the U.S. mainland in the coming week. But the hurricane center says large swells could affect the East Coast, Bermuda, the Greater Antilles and parts of the Bahamas over the next few days.

Katia is centered about 335 miles south-southwest of Bermuda and moving northwest at 10 mph.

Meanwhile, a new tropical depression formed over the Atlantic Ocean and could become a tropical storm by Tuesday evening. It could pass over or near Puerto Rico by Sunday.

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