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Tropical storm Cristobal takes aim at Bahamas

Published on Aug 24, 2014 11:56 PM
This August 24, 2014 NASA GOES satellite image shows Tropical Storm Cristobal (lower-right) forming near the Bahamas. Cristobal dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before being upgraded to a tropical storm early on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Tropical storm Cristobal headed toward the Bahamas Sunday after leaving one person missing in the Dominican Republic, US weather forecasters said.

The storm, which was upgraded from a tropical depression, had maximum sustained winds of 75km an hour, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said.

It predicted heavy rainfall of four to eight inches (about 10cm to 20cm) - "with isolated amounts of 12 inches possible" - for the Turks and Caicos islands and southeastern and central Bahamas, it said.

In the Dominican Republic, authorities said a man was swept away when he tried to cross a rain-swollen river in his van.

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