(AP) — Tropical Storm Cristobal is located over the southern Bahamas moving Northwest. The Government of the Bahamas has issued a tropical storm warning for the central and southeastern portion of the Bahamas, as well as the Turks and Caicos.

Maximum sustained winds are at 40 kts with gusts to 50 kts.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. The storm is expected to produce rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches in the southeastern Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Island and the Central Bahamas through Tuesday.

Rainfall amounts of up to 12 inches are possible in portions of Hispaniola, where rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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