Published: Sep 05, 2011 9:49 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 06, 2011 12:34 AM EDT

Katia becomes a major hurricane. The biggest threat continues to be dangerous rip currents along the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda.

At 5:00 p.m., the center of Hurricane Katia was located near Latitude 25.2 N., Longitude 63.9 W. Katia is moving
toward the northwest near 12 m.p.h. and this general motion with a slight decrease in forward speed is expected through

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 m.p.h. with higher gusts. Katia is a Category 3. Some additional strengthening is forecast through Tuesday, followed by little change in strength on Wednesday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.