Just in case Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee haven’t caused enough damage in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico in the past two weeks, there are two more hurricanes churning out there. Hurricane Katia is following a northwestern track from its current location southwest of Bermuda. The storm is not expected to make landfall; however, cruisers should be on high alert if they are sailing in the Atlantic with large waves expected along the coast.
Behind Katia is Tropical Storm Maria. This storm is projected to head over Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti before turning towards Florida. Any plans for cruising along the East Coast of the U.S. should be made with careful consideration and not without staying up to date with the latest forecast information from the National Hurricane Center available at www.nhc.noaa.gov.