Tropical Storm Cristobal expected to stay offshore | News
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to move northward away from the Bahamas but is forecast to stay away from the U.S. East Coast.
The storm's maximum sustained winds Monday morning increased to near 60 mph. The National Hurricane Center says gradual strengthening is expected and Cristobal could become a hurricane in the next few days.
As of 11 a.m. ET, Cristobal is centered about 120 miles east-northeast of San Salvador Island in the Bahamas and is moving north-northeast at 2 mph.
Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Marie is moving northwest as a major Category 4 storm.
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As of 11 a.m. EDT, Marie's maximum sustained winds were near 145 mph with general weakening expected to begin Monday night. Marie was centered about 470 miles southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
A large south-southeast swell generated by the hurricane will likely bring a damaging high surf event to parts of the southern California coastline this week, the National Weather Service warns.
"Major impacts from this event include the potential for structure damage, major beach erosion, very strong and dangerous rip currents, waves overtopping jetties, and minor coastal flooding during times of high tides," the weather service in Los Angeles predicted.
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