Tropical storm may hit FL

A tropical depression may hit Florida as early as Thursday as Tropical Storm Katrina, forecasters said.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 23, 2005


A tropical depression may hit Florida as early as Thursday as Tropical Storm Katrina, forecasters said.

Tracks showed the storm - which was moving northwest at 8 mph - possibly making a quick passage across Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. At least one track showed the storm less than 100 miles off the coast of Miami Beach by Thursday, then near Fort Lauderdale by Friday.

On Tuesday evening, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, and it was expected to strengthen, said the National Hurricane Center.

The system was expected to reach tropical storm strength by Wednesday.

The Bahamas issued a tropical storm warning for the central and northwest Bahamas on Tuesday. A tropical storm or hurricane watch may be issued for parts of South Florida later Tuesday.


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