Well, we’ve just started to get over Hurricane Irene and clean up the damage and we already have the next storm brewing. Tropical storm Katia is still quite a ways from the Dominican Republic and it is not certain whether it will get very close but it gives us something to watch. While we have reached the hurricane season in the DR there is no reason to get too excited about most of these storms, most blow over pretty quickly with little damage.

Katia is about 535 miles west by southwest of Cape Verde and will take around 5 days to reach us if it keeps it current speed and course. While tropical storm Katia only has sustained winds of about 40 mph right now it is expected to be strengthen over the next few days. Right now there is a 20-30% chance of Katia reaching hurricane force. The National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center is publishing their report here