Katia weakens to tropical storm in open Atlantic

September 4, 2011 01:31

MIAMI - Hurricane Katia weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday and was forecast to wobble back and forth between hurricane and tropical storm strength far from land in the open Atlantic, forecasters said.

With top winds of 110 kph, Katia was just under the 119-kph threshold for a hurricane at 5 p.m. (2100 GMT), forecasters at the US National Hurricane Center said.

It was the second time that strong winds in the upper atmosphere disrupted Katia's circulation and knocked it down from a hurricane to a tropical storm, and the fluctuations were expected to continue.

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