Tropical Storm Cristobal to steer away from US
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — It's officially the third tropical storm to form in the Atlantic this year for the 2014 hurricane season.
Tropical Storm Cristobal formed Sunday near the Bahamas but appeared to be on a path that would eventually take it away from the United States.
Cristobal was a minimal storm with winds of 45 mph Sunday evening but was expected to strengthen, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for the central Bahamas, where the center of the storm was expected to pass Sunday night into Monday.
The hurricane center said Cristobal should continue moving north and through a weakness in the subtropical ridge, then slow down over the next 72 hours as a strong trough east of North Carolina moves out to the northeast.
The official forecast shows Cristobal offshore.
The storm is expected to move northward and roughly parallel to the east coast of Florida before beginning a turn northeastward on Wednesday.
Good news is, wind shear is expected to keep Cristobal from strengthening quickly.
Bad news, it is anticipated to become a hurricane by mid-week as it makes the turn away from the U.S.
The hurricane center also began tracking a new tropical wave, Invest 97L, located about 800 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday evening.
The wave has only a 20 percent chance of developing over the next five days, but the hurricane center said conditions may become more favorable by the end of the week.