Tropical Storm Cristobal to remain well offshore, but rip current risk to continue

    Tropical Storm Cristobal, the third named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to remain well off the Eastern seaboard this week, forecasters say. 

    As of 8 a.m. Monday, Cristobal is situated about 115 miles east-northeast of San Salavador in the Bahamas and heading toward the north near three miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    The system is then expected to turn toward the north-northeast and accelerate in forward speed later Monday and Tuesday.

    Forecasters expect Cristobal is gradually strengthen and become a hurricane by Wednesday, according to the latest National Hurricane Center five-day forecast.

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    Long period swells from the storm are expected to impact the Jersey Shore later this week, continuing the recent stretch of dangerous waves and rip currents.

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