A new tropical storm is coming into formation and it is quickly making its way across the Atlantic. Katia, which has been classified as a tropical storm, will be moving towards Puerto Rico over the weekend and could pick up winds of over 100 miles per hour as it moves along its path.
Experts predict that Katia will reach hurricane strength by Wednesday or Thursday.
It remains unknown if Katia will have the wherewithal to tear across the U.S. just yet, however, forecasters have expressed concerns for the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.
Some predict it will come close to the U.S., however, others believe that Katia will more likely stay out at sea.
Todd Kimberlain of the National Hurricane Center has said, “There’s some chance that no one will be affected by it, it’s too early to say.”
Nevertheless, Kimberlain added, “Since it is the peak of hurricane season, everyone should be paying attention to it.”
The news of a new hurricane is particularly alarming due to the aftermath that Hurricane Irene left for the East Coast of the United States.
The hurricane cut off electricity to 4 million people, led to the evacuations of over 2 million people, caused extensive flooding, and damaged residencies, infrastructure, businesses, and more.
Irene has forced the state of Vermont to deal with the worst flooding the state has seen in a century, and the storm even managed to damage two North Carolina piers.
Irene also resulted in the deaths of over 40 people in U.S. and Canada.
Damage estimates from Irene are in the billions of dollars range. Kinetic Analysis Corporation has projected that the damage caused by Irene will be around $7 billion and experts are saying the cost of the damage might take generations to pay off.