Warning issued for Bahamas as potential storm brews in Atlantic

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NASSAU, Bahamas, Monday November 9, 2015 – A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Bahamas as a tropical depression that formed in the Atlantic looks set to strengthen into Tropical Storm Kay later today.

The warning is in effect for the central and northwestern Bahamas, and for Acklins, Samana Cays, Crooked Island and Long Cay in the southeastern Bahamas.

The tropical depression formed overnight about 115 miles southeast of San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. At the time it had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and was travelling towards the northwest at 14 miles per hour.

“This motion is expected to continue through this morning. A turn toward the north-northwest and north are expected later today and tonight. On the forecast track, the centre of the depression is forecast to pass near or over portions of the central Bahamas later this morning and near or over the northwestern Bahamas this afternoon and tonight,” the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said in its 1 a.m. advisory.

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

The tropical depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas through tonight.

“Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today,” the NHC said.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system this morning.

The system has already doused parts of the Lesser Antilles with excessive rainfall. Martinique picked up 7.57 inches of rain from Thursday through Saturday night. Most of that fell Friday, causing serious flooding on parts of the island.

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