NASSAU –– 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 north-western Bahamas.
Tropical Storm Kate is located 15 miles east-north-east of Cat Island in the Bahamas and moving towards the north-west at 15 miles per hour.
“A turn towards the north is expected tonight, followed by a turn towards the north-north-east 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 next48 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 north-western Bahamas this afternoon.
Tropical Storm Kate was expected to produce total one to three inches of rain over the Bahamas through tonight.