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Tropical Storm Cristobal is forecast to remain far off the U.S. East Coast this week. / National Hurricane Center

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Cristobal has strengthened into a hurricane in the Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday that the storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as it moved north away from the Bahamas.

Before strengthening into a hurricane, the storm flooded several communities across the Caribbean and halted flights in the drenched Turks & Caicos Islands.

By Monday night, the hurricane was centered about 660 miles (1,065 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and was tracking east at 2 mph (4 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Marie is moving northwest as a major Category 4 storm.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Marie's maximum sustained winds were near 145 mph with general weakening expected to begin Monday night. Marie was centered about 470 miles southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

A large south-southeast swell generated by the hurricane will likely bring a damaging high surf event to parts of the southern California coastline this week, the National Weather Service warns.

"Major impacts from this event include the potential for structure damage, major beach erosion, very strong and dangerous rip currents, waves overtopping jetties, and minor coastal flooding during times of high tides," the weather service in Los Angeles predicted.

Contributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY



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