Tropical depression nears central Bahamas, expected to become tropical storm

With Kate, the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season has seen 11 named storms, including three hurricanes. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for many islands in The Bahamas as the storm now has sustained winds at 35 miles per hour, barometric pressure at 1009 millibars and is moving to the northwest at 15 miles per hour.


Kate is centered about 40 miles (60 kilometers) east-southeast of Cat Island in the Bahamas. The storm now does not pose a threat to the USA mainland, the hurricane center said. By Wednesday, however, the storm is expected to be absorbed by an extratropical low, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Daniel Brown said in a forecast discussion message.

That projected path would take it over the central Bahamas during the morning and through the northwestern Bahamas later today and into tonight.

A hurricane hunter aircraft is investigating the depression this morning near the central Bahamas.

Also, newly designated Hurricane Shelters have been announced for those areas expected to be impacted.

The system is expected to begin curving away from the Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.


The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until November 30. The next name on the tropical storm and hurricane naming list is Kate.

National Hurricane Center Monitoring Low Pressure System Near Turks and Caicos