Tropical Storm Kate strengthens in Atlantic, poses no threat to U.S.

A tropical storm that formed near the Bahamas Monday continues to strengthen but is expected to pose no threat to the United States.

At 10 p.m. Monday, Kate was about 7 miles northeast of the Great Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, moving north about 16 mph. Maximum sustained winds had increased to near 60 mph, up from 45 mph earlier in the day.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, although the storm is not expected to reach hurricane strength, according to the National Weather Service.

Kate was expected to pick up speed and turn to the northeast Tuesday, her path remaining well offshore of the east coast of the United States.

Kate is the 11th named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season.

Reach Dave Munday at (843) 937-5553.

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