Tropical Depression 12 strengthened into Tropical Storm Kate Monday morning near the central Bahamas, according The Weather Channel.
The storm system’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 40 mph, making the system a low-end tropical storm, The Weather Channel said.
Kate is moving toward the north-northeast and expected over the next 24 hours, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The forecast calls for sustained winds near 60 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
While not a direct threat to the United States, the storm will impact the Bahamas with gusty winds and locally heavy rain through early Tuesday morning, says The Weather Channel.
Tropical Storm Kate was centered 40 miles east-southeast of Cat Island in the Bahamas as of Monday morning, according to The Weather Channel.
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