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Tropical storm Cristobal moves away from Bahamas

Published on Aug 26, 2014 1:55 AM
 
Tropical Storm Cristobal is seen in a Nasa Goes Satellite infrared image taken at 20.15 EST on August 25, 2014. The storm, which had previously been on course to hit the Bahamas, was "moving erratically" towards the north-west and could turn into a hurricane as soon as Wednesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Tropical storm Cristobal was headed away from the Bahamas Monday as the strengthening system pounded the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall, forecasters said.

The storm, which had previously been on course to hit the Bahamas, was "moving erratically" towards the north-west and could turn into a hurricane as soon as Wednesday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

The storm forecaster reported that Cristobal was packing maximum sustained winds of 95kmh as it churned some 1,150km south-west of Bermuda.

Cristobal, which authorities said had left one person missing in the Dominican Republic, was forecast "to move away from the Bahamas through Tuesday and pass west of Bermuda on Wednesday."

 
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