Don't Turn Your Back on Katia

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    NBC Washington Meteorologist Chuck Bell updates you on his latest forecast for Sunday, Sept. 4 and the week ahead. (Published Sunday, Sep 4, 2011)

    Still out in the Atlantic, Katia has picked up enough speed to become a hurricane again.

    While the storm's projected track currently has it clear of landfall in the mid-Atlantic region, News4's Chuck Bell says we should not turn our back on the storm.

    The storm's current projected path will bring it within 300 miles of the North Carolina shoreline around Thursday or Friday of this coming week.  While it is likely that the storm will bow back out to sea, there is still a possibility that the track could change and move farther west.

    Katia is currently a Category-1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 75-miles-per-hour.  The eye of the storm was 370 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands at 5 a.m. Sunday.

    Closer to home, the metro region has some wet weather on the way, possibly starting this evening.  The daytime heat on Sunday could cook up thunderstorms arriving in the early evening.  There is a 30 percent chance of wet weather tonight, so those planning to attend tonight's concert on the National Mall should bring along rain gear just in case.

    After that, the combination of a cold front coming in from the Midwest, Tropical Storm Lee on the Gulf Coast and Katia approaching from the Atlantic will put us in a heavy rain environment.  The area could easily get an inch, or more, of rain on Labor Day Monday and another 1" to 2" on Tuesday.