Forecasters say Hurricane Katia has remained on a projected path in the general direction of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, but urge that it’s still too early to say if it poses a serious threat.
Katia is about 530 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving northwest at 10 mph.
The hurricane is expected to pass to the north of the Leeward Islands on Sunday. A general motion between the northwest and west-northwest is expected, with no significant change in forward speed in the next few days.
Despite that trend, computer models continue to insist the hurricane might turn north in time to miss the United States coast altogether and potentially threaten Bermuda, Canada or turn out to sea.
“Right now, we don’t know what if any impacts from Katia will be felt along the U.S. East Coast,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade County. “We have plenty of time to watch it.”
Katia is expected to churn northwest over the next five days, guided by high pressure north of its path. Then a low-pressure area over the United States might weaken the high pressure and allow the hurricane to turn north. The timing of that turn will likely determine whether the storm hits, brushes or misses the United States coast.