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Tropical Storm Cristobal strengthened into a hurricane Monday over the open waters of the Atlantic, packing winds of 75 mph as it moved north away from the Bahamas, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Before it became a hurricane, Cristobal on Sunday hammered parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall and surf after rivers swept at least three people away on the Caribbean island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. By Monday evening, the hurricane was centered roughly 660 miles southwest of Bermuda and was tracking east at 2 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

This Aug. 25 NASA GOES satellite image shows Tropical Storm Cristobal near the Bahamas. Tropical storm Cristobal was headed away from the Bahamas Monday as the strengthening system pounded the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall, forecasters said. Cristobal was packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour) as it churned some 715 miles southwest of Bermuda.NASA via AFP - Getty Images



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