Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening during the next couple of days is forecast, and Kate could become a hurricane by Wednesday.
Swells generated by Kate are affecting the eastward-facing beaches in the Northwest Bahamas but should gradually subside today. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
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