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Tropical Storm Kate forms in Atlantic Ocean with 45 mph winds

Storm doesn't pose any threat to land currently
Posted at 10:49 AM, Aug 30, 2021

MIAMI — The tropics continue to be active in the Atlantic Basin.

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In addition to Hurricane Ida making landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, a new tropical storm formed Monday morning in the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center said in a 9:30 a.m. statement that satellite-derived wind data indicated that a depression had strengthened into Tropical Storm Kate.

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Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 45 mph with higher gusts.

The storm is located about 750 miles east, northeast of the Leeward Islands, and moving north at 8 mph.

Kate is expected to move over the open waters of the Central Atlantic Ocean, not posing a threat to land at this time.

Forecasters said some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days. Some slow strengthening is forecast by Thursday.