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Katia becomes a hurricane in the Atlantic

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The storm is more than a 1,000 miles east of the Leeward Islands
  • Katia is the second hurricane of the Atlantic season

(CNN) -- Katia strengthened into a hurricane late Wednesday, churning in the central Atlantic with winds of 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

At 11 p.m. ET, the Category 1 storm -- the second hurricane of the Atlantic season -- was about 1165 miles (1,875 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, spinning to the north-northwest at 20 mph.

Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Katia could become a major hurricane by the weekend, the hurricane center said.

The extended forecast map shows the storm passing north of the Caribbean.