MIAMI — A tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda as Tropical Storm Maria crawls up the Atlantic.

Early today, Maria has maximum sustained winds near 50 mph (85 kph) with some strengthening forecast during the next two days.

Maria is centered about 340 miles (545 kilometers) east of the southeastern Bahamas and is moving north-northwest near 5 mph (7 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Maria is expected to pass west of Bermuda on Thursday.

Maria’s forecast track shows it curving away from the U.S.