Tropical Storm Cristobal three-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphic
By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA -- The Bermuda weather service issued a tropical storm watch for Bermuda on Monday as Tropical Storm Cristobal moved slowly away from the Bahamas, after depositing 12 inches of rain on the Turks and Caicos Islands over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and one fatality.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Monday, the centre of Tropical Storm Cristobal was located about 155 miles northeast of San Salvador and about 670 miles southwest of Bermuda, moving toward the north-northeast near 5 mph. This general motion is expected to continue through Monday night. A turn toward the northeast with a gradual increase in forward speed is forecast to occur on Tuesday.
On the forecast track, the centre of Cristobal will move away from the Bahamas through Tuesday and pass to the west and north of Bermuda on Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions are possible on Bermuda by Wednesday afternoon.
Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is expected over the next 48 hours and Cristobal is forecast to become a hurricane on Wednesday.
Five-day Tropical Weather Outlook. NHC/NOAA graphic
Meanwhile, a tropical wave located about 1,200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are not expected to be favourable for significant development during the next couple of days, but could become more conducive by the end of the week while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph.