CRISTOBAL formed on 23 August in the Caribbean, near the Turks and Caicos. On 25 August, 6.00 UTC, it was a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 85 km/h and its centre was located over water, east of the Bahamas, approximately 160 km north-west of the island of San Salvador. In the following 48 h, it is expected to move north-north-east, away from land, slightly intensifying.
As of 24 August, heavy rainfall and consequent floods have affected several Caribbean islands. In Haiti, three people were killed and flood damage was recorded in Saint-Marc, while at least 3 600 people were displaced and over 600 homes damaged or destroyed in the flood-hit eastern and north-eastern regions of the Dominican Republic. In the latter, 128 mm of rain were measured in 24 h near La Romana, over 23-24 August. Flooding has also been reported in the Providenciales, the most populated island in the Turks and Caicos.
As of 25 August early morning UTC, there is a Tropical Storm Warning for the central Bahamas, as CRISTOBAL is expected to continue affecting the Caribbean with heavy rainfall and strong winds in the following 24 h.