Tropical Storm Kate forms near central Bahamas, not expected to be threat to U.S. _lowres


MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Kate has formed and is approaching the central Bahamas.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds increased Monday morning are near 45 mph with additional strengthening expected.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the central and northwestern Bahamas.

The storm is centered about 15 miles east-northeast of Cat Island in the Bahamas and is moving northwest near 15 mph.