Tracking the Tropics
Forecasters say Nate stronger, Katia, Maria weaken
MIAMI (AP) -- Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Nate is growing stronger and could be near hurricane strength when it hits Mexico on Sunday.
The National Weather Service said at 1 p.m. Saturday that Nate was centered 145 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, with maximum sustained winds near 60 mph. It was inching westward.
Meanwhile, Katia has been downgraded in the far north Atlantic, and the remnants of Maria are barely a tropical cyclone.
The National Hurricane Center says Katia is still expected to bring strong winds to the British Isles on Monday. The storm was centered about 295 miles east-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.
Forecasters said Maria was about 310 miles east-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with winds reaching 40 mph.
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