Sept. 27, 2003 – Tropical Depression 16 became Tropical Storm Kate with the National Weather Service 5 p.m. Saturday update, but the weather system poses no threat to the Virgin Islands.
The storm was centered at 21.5 degrees north latitude, well north of St. Thomas and St. John, and at 44.4 degrees west longitude. It was moving north-northwest at 13 mph with sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts reaching 50 mph.
"There's a large trough to the north and will pull it north and northeast," National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Gregoria in San Juan said.
Gregoria offered a reminder that hurricane season still has another two months to go. "In October and November, there's still a chance," he said. "You always have to keep an eye out." The waters of the southern Caribbean remain relatively warm because no storms have formed in the southern basin, Gregoria said. When storms cool the water, he said, that makes it more difficult for subsequent storms to form in the area.
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