Tropical Depression Twelve is centered at 7 a.m. EST about 30 miles (45 km) southeast of Cat Island, Bahamas, moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). A turn toward the northwest and north-northwest is expected later today and tonight, followed by a turn toward the north and north-northeast on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of the depression is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Central Bahamas this morning and near or over portions of the Northwestern Bahamas this afternoon and tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today. A USAF Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is en route to investigate the system.
Tropical storm conditions are expected over portions of the
Central Bahamas through this morning and will spread over portions of the Northwestern Bahamas this afternoon. The depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over the Bahamas through tonight.
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