Tropical Storm Cristobal to Intensify, Stay Offshore
Tropical Storm Cristobal became the third named storm of the, thus far slow, 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. Cristobal is currently packing winds of 60-mph and is expected to remain a tropical storm through midday Monday. At present, the storm is located about 670 miles southwest of Bermuda and tracking north-northeast at 5-mph. By the end of the week Cristobal will pick up steam and move in a more northeasterly direction. Forecast models suggest it could briefly become a hurricane Monday afternoon, but no land is expected to be directly impacted.
That said, tropical storm force winds could brush Bermuda — an overseas territory of the United Kingdom — late Wednesday, which is why the Bermuda Weather Service issued tropical storm watched for the island.
Even though Cristobal is expected to stay well off the East Coast, choppy surf and breezy conditions are expected for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and coastal Southeast. Cristobal, in conjunction with a strong high pressure over the Northeast, is likely to cause high surf, rip currents and even some mild coastal flooding from the Virginia Beach area, through the Outer Banks of North Carolina down to the Florida Peninsula.
So if you live in these areas, be aware of the threat of dangerous tidal conditions.
In addition to the threat of rip currents, Cristobal brought flooding rains to parts of the Leeward Islands and the Bahamas over the weekend. There were even reports of mudslides in Puerto Rico.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond