Hurricane Katia to New York? Just Maybe

A tropical storm moving to the northwest in the Atlantic Ocean could send more big wind up North.

Now only an unorganized mess packing 65 mph winds, Tropical Storm Katia is expected to increase to a Category 2 hurricane in the next five days and to head northwest toward North Carolina or perhaps farther north.

There are a lot of factors here. For one, there's some dry air near the swirling mess, which could weaken it. And there's a front that would have to weaken so that the storm could turn. Also, hurricanes tend to drift when they are on a curvy path like this one, so Katia could miss the United States altogether.

But new storms tend to follow the paths of those that have recently gone before. And besides, we love the days of scary shit on the TV screen.

One interesting fact: Katia would have been called Katrina, but given our last experience with a storm of that name, forecasters had to change it to something less toxic.

Last week's Hurricane Irene cut power to 8 million homes up North and caused an estimated $7 billion in damage.

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