Tropical Storm Cristobal slowing movement, gaining strength

Tropical Storm Cristobal slowing movement, gaining strength

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Live 5 Weather team continues to track Tropical Storm Cristobal and its impact in the Atlantic.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, the tropical storm watch for the central Bahamas had been canceled.

Cristobal is tracking north-northeast and its movement has slowed to 2 mph, but had strengthened with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

Forecasters expect the storm to continue to gain strength ahead of a northeasterly turn on Tuesday that will drive Cristobal into the Atlantic where it isn't expected to have a direct impact on land. It is expected to pass west of Bermuda on Wednesday.

Experts expect Cristobal to become a hurricane by Wednesday.

The Carolina coasts could see a higher risk of rip currents and larger swells through mid-week as the system moves towards the northwest.

Coastal areas could experience more gusty winds and thunderstorms if the system does not turn as anticipated. The strength of the wind and storms will all depend on the track and intensity of the system.

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