Tropical storm moves away from Bahamas
Up to yesterday, a tropical storm warning was in effect for the Bahamas as Tropical Storm Cristobal was projected to move away from the chain of islands last night.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that the centre of the storm was located near latitude 24.5 north, longitude 72.8 west and is moving towards the north near three miles per hour.
It said a turn towards the north-northeast at a slight faster forward speed was expected late yesterday and that a further increase is expected today.
"On the forecast track, the centre of Cristobal is forecast to move away from the Bahamas through The maximum sustained winds are nearing 50 miles per hour with high gusts expected as the storm strengthens over the next 48 hours.
NHC said that Cristobal is expected to produce rainfall totals of four to eight inches over the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas through today. It said isolated showers could produce amounts of 12 inches.