8/30/11 (AEIN) With the northeastern United States and some Caribbean islands still recovering from Hurricane Irene, another storm continues to build strength in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. For now, Tropical Storm Katia does not threaten inhabited land.
The sustained winds of Tropical Storm Katia intensified on Tuesday, rising to almost 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers/hour), according to an advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center. The storm is moving at nearly 20 miles/hour to the west-northwest.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Tropical Storm Katia was centered around 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) west of the southern Cape Verde islands, located off the coast of Africa. The strongest winds blow within 85 miles of the storm's center, with some gusts exceeding 60 MPH.
Forecasters predict that the storm will continue to gain strength and may attain hurricane status on Wednesday.