Tropical Storm Kate forms off the Bahamas

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NASSAU, Bahamas, Monday November 9, 2015 – Tropical depression nine has strengthened into Tropical Storm Kate, the 11th named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season.

It was upgraded just before 8:30 a.m. after an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft went to investigate the system off the Central Bahamas and found that maximum sustained winds were about 40 miles per hour.

Then, by the National Hurricane Centre’s 10 a.m. advisory, winds had strengthened to 45 miles per hour.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the central and northwestern Bahamas.

Tropical Storm Kate is located 15 miles east northeast of Cat Island in the Bahamas and moving towards the northwest at 15 miles per hour.

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“A turn toward the north is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Kate is forecast to pass near or over portions of the central Bahamas during the next few hours and near or over portions of the northwestern Bahamas this afternoon and tonight,” the NHC said.

“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.”

However, Kate is not expected to reach hurricane strength.

Tropical storm conditions are expected over portions of the central Bahamas through this morning and will spread over portions of the northwestern Bahamas this afternoon.

Tropical Storm Kate is expected to produce total 1 to 3 inches of rain over the Bahamas through tonight.

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