Tropical Storm Katia forms in the Gulf

Tropical Storm Katia has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, just east of Tampico, Mexico.

Maximum sustained winds are at 40 MPH. The storm is moving east/southeast at 2 MPH.

There are currently no watches or warnings in effect. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says a tropical storm watch could happen later today for portions of the Mexican state of Veracruz. 

The system should gradually turn southeastward during the next 24 hours and continue moving in this general direction through Thursday.  A turn toward the southwest is forecast on Friday, according to the NHC.

On the forecast track, the center of Katia is expected to remain offshore of Mexico through Friday morning. 

The NHC will have an update later in the morning

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