Katia became a Category 2 Hurricane this morning and could be on its way to becoming a stronger one by Monday.
Its path, however, remains unlikely to bring anything more than storm-borne swells to South Florida as it aims instead for Bermuda and later the Carolinas.
At 11 a.m. this morning, Katia's highest sustained winds were 100 mph as it chugged north, about 360 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. It could become a major hurricane - Category 3 status, with winds of 111 mph or more - by Monday.
It's expected to continue in a west-northwest direction through Tuesday and as of this morning wasn't seen as having much chance of landfall with the United States before the end of the week. Forecasters say Katia's eventual interaction with weakening Tropical Storm Lee creates uncertainty in long-term forecasts on Katia's direction and intensity.
Hurricane-force winds are extending 45 miles from Katia's center, the hurricane center said. Tropical storm force winds extend 175 miles from Katia's center. Dangerous storm swells could begin to arrive in Bermuda early this week.