The 2015 hurricane season now has its 11th named storm, Kate. The NHC made the upgrade this morning citing 40 mph winds with a pressure of 1008 mb. Kate is moving towards the northwest but will eventually turn out in to the open Atlantic head of an approaching trough.
Right now, the storm is impacting portions of the Bahamas where tropical storm warnings are in effect. However, much of the inclement weather associated with the storm is located to the east of the low level center, leaving much of the Bahamas free of any significant impacts.
Water temps along the track can still support a hurricane but the upper level winds should prevent that from happening. The official NHC forecast calls for some additional strengthening and Kate could reach 50 mph before being absorbed by a larger storm system emerging from the East Coast later this week.
There might be a period of increased swell activity for parts of the Southeast and East coasts which could lead to additional beach erosion issues during times of high tide as the week wears on. Outside of that, I see no reason to worry about Kate along the United States coast.
I’ll post a video discussion covering the latest on Kate this afternoon.
M. Sudduth 8:50 AM ET Nov 9