Hurricane Cristobal gains strength off Bahamas

Dangerous rip currents forecast for east coast of U.S.

August 26, 2014


Hurricane Cristobal hurled heavy rains across Atlantic and Caribbean islands on Tuesday as it headed toward Bermuda, and officials said the storm already had caused at least five deaths.

Cristobal reached hurricane status late Monday, and though the storm is expected to stay clear of land, National Hurricane Center forecasters warned of dangerous rip currents expected up the East Coast.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, but it was expected to strengthen slightly by Thursday after passing northwest of Bermuda. It was centered 500 miles southwest of Bermuda and was moving north at 12 mph. Hurricane force winds extended outward to 45 miles from the center.

Cristobal was expected to dump up to 4 inches of rain over Bermuda and lesser amounts over the already sodden Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos.

Hotel owners and tourist operators in Bermuda were dismayed at the forecast, noting that August already has been one of the rainiest months in recent history for the British island territory.

The governor’s office reported one death after recovering a body from floodwaters on the main island of Providenciales.

Floodwaters also killed two people in Haiti and two men in the Dominican Republic, where 3,600 people were evacuated from communities, according to Jose Manuel Mendez, director of the country’s emergency operations center. More than half returned to their homes by Monday.

Roughly 640 families in Haiti also were left temporarily homeless during the passage of the storm, said Luckecy Mathieu, a civil protection coordinator. Cristobal also drenched Puerto Rico over the weekend.

Hurricane Cristobal will begin crossing the Atlantic this week.

But unlike Hurricane Bertha, which brought wet and windy conditions to Britain, after hitting the south west coast, Cristobal will head further North and miss the country entirely.

Hurricane Cristobal will begin crossing the Atlantic this week.

But unlike Hurricane Bertha, which brought wet and windy conditions to Britain, after hitting the south west coast, Cristobal will head further North and miss the country entirely.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Marie was weakening off of Mexico’s Pacific coast,


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