This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 01:45 PM EDT shows a broad area of low pressure spinning in the north-central Gulf of Mexico. The system has a high, 70% chance of ... more 
This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 01:45 PM EDT shows a broad area of low pressure spinning in the north-central Gulf of Mexico. The system has a high, 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation, and will continue moving northward, bringing moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms to the northern Gulf coast. Rainfall totals will range from 3 to 5 inches, and expect dangerous surf with tide levels 1 to 2 feet above normal. Meanwhile, Hurricane Katia has developed in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. The system is located about 1,050 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands and is a category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds up to 75 mph. The system will continue moving northwestward as it continues to strengthen. For more tropical updates, please visit http://www.wunderground.com/tropical. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND) less 
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Associated Press
Thu, Sep 1, 2011 2:30 PM EDT