Katia set to bring rough surf, rip currents (continued)Tropics Watch: Daily Map Analysis
* Katia strengthened into a category 2 hurricane on Sunday, and is expected to become a major hurricane later today.
* Large swells, rough surf, and life-threatening rip currents are expected for the U.S. East Coast for much of the week ahead due to Hurricane Katia.
* Lee inland over the Southeastern U.S., bringing heavy rain to the region.
Katia strengthened throughout the day on Sunday, reaching hurricane strength once again Sunday morning, and is expected to become a major hurricane (category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) sometime today.
As of 5 a.m. Eastern Time Monday, Hurricane Katia was located about 400 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands, or about 605 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, had winds near 100 miles per hour (a category 2 hurricane), and was moving to the northwest near 12 miles per hour.
Katia is forecast to generally head to the northwest or west-northwest through about Wednesday, then begin a turn to the north and eventually northeast late in the week.
There is still potential for Katia to come very close to the U.S--specifically the North Carolina Outer Banks, Cape Cod and the islands near the Cape--late in the week; however, model guidance has recently been trending away from this possibility.
Regardless of how close Katia comes to the U.S., it will bring large swells and resulting rough surf and dangerous rip currents to the U.S. East Coast throughout the week ahead and into the coming weekend as well as east-facing beaches of the Bahamas and for Bermuda.
Rough surf in the Lesser Antilles will begin to subside over the coming days as Katia moves away.