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Tropical Storm Cristobal churns in the Caribbean

By Ben Brumfield, CNN
updated 8:03 AM EDT, Sun August 24, 2014
  • It has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph
  • Tropical storm warnings have been issued in parts of the Bahamas
  • NWS forecast puts the storm east of the United States early next week

(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Cristobal formed early Sunday in the Caribbean, having strengthened from a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said.

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

The hurricane center issued tropical storm warnings on Sunday for the southeastern and central Bahamas as well as for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Cristobal is moving to the northwest but is expected to turn to the northeast in the coming days and miss the U.S. coastline.