Hurricane Katia remains far from East Coast

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Hurricane Katia is now a major Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour, but the storm is still far from land and no immediate threat to the United States.

The major hazard from Katia is rip currents along the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is 400 miles south of Bermuda.

“Large swells generated by Katia will continue to affect most of the East Coast of the United States … Bermuda … the Greater Antilles … and East-facing beaches of the Bahamas during the next few days,” according to the hurricane center. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, which soaked portions of the Gulf Coast this weekend, are expected to cause flooding from the Tennessee Valley to New England, which is still cleaning up from Hurricane Irene.

The storm was about 55 miles northwest of Atlanta early this morning, with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour.

Flood and flash flood watches and warnings are in effect along the Appalachians northeast into New England, according to the hurricane center.

Lee dumped as much as 15 inches of rain in areas of the South during the weekend, with Louisiana seeing the highest totals. Portions of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida also recorded double-digit rainfall amounts. The storm also spawned tornadoes and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands across the South.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, the hurricane center is reporting shower activity associated with a low-pressure area about 680 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands that is gradually becoming better organized. This system could become a tropical depression later today or Wednesday.

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