Tropical Storm Cristobal finally formed near the southern Bahamas early Sunday morning and is expected to strengthen, becoming a hurricane as it moves up the east coast of the US.
As Cristobal continues to move northwards AccuWeather reports that “Cristobal will continue to spread torrential downpours, gusty squalls and rough surf from the Turks and Caicos islands to the southern and central Bahamas”.
In the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) bulletin issued at 8 am EDT, the “centre of Tropical Storm Cristobal was located near lattitude 23.0N longitude 73.0W as is moving towards the northwest near 9 mph”.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts and some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours the NHC report said.
According to the NHC bulletin the centre of the storm will move “near or over portions of the central Bahamas through Monday.
Tropical Storm Cristobal does not currently pose an immediate treat to Jamaica.