By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
August 24, 2014
Tropical Storm Cristobal has taken shape and is expected to eventually become a hurricane and impact the Atlantic beaches of the United States.
Tropical Depression Four strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal at 6:20 a.m. EDT Sunday. Cristobal was churning near the southern Bahamas at that time.
Cristobal will continue to spread torrential downpours, gusty squalls and rough surf from the Turks and Caicos islands to the southern and central Bahamas as the weekend draws to a close. Some drenching showers and thunderstorms will even reach eastern Cuba and will persist over Hispaniola.
“Heavy rainfall will raise the risk of flash flooding across the region, and in the case of Hispaniola may lead to roads being washed out and perhaps mudslides”, stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Randy Adkins.
Cristobal is expected to track over or near the Bahamas through the early part of the week with torrential rain and winds strong enough to cause tree damage, some structural damage and power outages.