published Monday, August 25th, 2014

Cristobal strengthens into hurricane off Bahamas

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cristobal has strengthened into a hurricane in the Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday that the storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as it moved north away from the Bahamas.

Before strengthening into a hurricane, the storm flooded several communities across the Caribbean and halted flights in the drenched Turks & Caicos Islands.

By Monday night, the hurricane was centered about 660 miles (1,065 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and was tracking east at 2 mph (4 kph).

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