CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A tropical storm far away in the Atlantic Ocean is forecast to become a hurricane later this week, but it's too early to know if it will strike the U.S. or anywhere else.
Tropical Storm Katia, the name that replaced Katrina in the rotating storm roster because of the catastrophic damage from the 2005 storm, is moving west-northwest at 17 mph. Katia is expected to continue on that path over the next 48 hours with a gradual increase in speed.
Tropical Storm Katia has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts. Katia is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane by late Wednesday or early Thursday.