MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- The eleventh named tropical system still has room to strengthen before being whisked away into the colder North Atlantic.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, tropical storm Kate carried peak winds of 70 mph, just shy of Category 1 hurricane force. The center of Kate was roughly 250 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, moving to the northeast at a rapid pace of 30 mph.
No advisories, watches, or warnings are in effect for the east coast of the United States because of Kate.
A cold front and vigorous low-pressure system over the mid-Atlantic will shield the eastern seaboard from direct impacts from Kate, acting as a buffer to force the tropical storm to the northeast in the next couple of days. Kate does have a chance to become a minimal hurricane before losing its tropical identity in a colder, stronger upper-flow environment over the north Atlantic Ocean.