Three storms are currently swirling around the waters of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Katia is headed for the UK, taking gale force winds to Europe and Tropical Storm Maria is expected to affect Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Tropical Storm Nate is forecast to make landfall in Mexico late on Sunday night bringing winds of up to 120 mph to the North American nation.
Hurricane Katia is forecast to arrive in Northern Ireland and Scotland by 2am on Monday 12th September 2011. By then, its maximum gusts will have reduced from around 90 knots to around 60 knots or around 70 mph. The storm has been videoed from space by NASA and is hundreds of miles wide.
Tropical Storm Maria will roll through Puerto Rico on Saturday bring winds of up to 45 knots or 51 mph. The government of Antigua has issued a tropical stormn warning for Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, Nevis, Saint Kitts and the British Virgin Islands. The storm will bring further severe weather to Necker Island, where in late August, British entrepreneur Richard Branson had to rescue guests at his luxury retreat from a fire caused by lightning. A tropical storm warning has also been issued for the US Virgin Islands.