Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

New storm 'could become hurricane'

Tropical Storm Irene caused damage and flooding across the East Coast of the US (AP.Rutland Herald)

A tropical depression far out in the Atlantic Ocean is forecast to become a hurricane this week, but it is too early to know if it will strike the US.

The new depression is forecast to become Tropical Storm Katia - the name that replaced Katrina in the rotating roster of storm names after the catastrophic damage from the 2005 storm that hit New Orleans.

The US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said the depression south of the Cape Verde Islands could reach hurricane strength on Thursday, while still far out in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Centre spokesman Dennis Feltgen said it was too early to know if it would hit the US.

The East Coast of the US has been clearing up after Tropical Storm Irene hit over the weekend.

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