Hurricane Cristobal forms, rip currents likely for South Jersey beaches

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Hurricane Cristobal, the third hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, formed during the overnight hours when his maximum wind speed eclipsed the 74-mph threshold, according to the National Hurricane Center./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Hurricane Cristobal, the third hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, formed during the overnight hours when his maximum wind speed eclipsed the 74-mph threshold, according to the National Hurricane Center./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Hurricane Cristobal, the third hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, formed during the overnight hours when his maximum wind speed eclipsed the 74-mph threshold, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 5 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, Hurricane Cristobal was located 610 miles southwest of Bermuda with sustained winds of 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The minimum pressure was a healthy 987 MB.

Cristobal was moving to the north and expected to make a gradual turn to the northeast on Wednesday, turning away from land and toward the central Atlantic Ocean waters.

However, Cristobal will venture close enough to the East Coast of the United States to create dangerous rip currents on Wednesday, Aug. 27 and Thursday, Aug. 28, the National Weather Service said.

Hurricane Cristobal is expected to begin a gradual turn to the northeast and away from land during the day on Wednesday, Aug. 27 and through Thursday, Aug. 28./National Hurricane Center Hurricane Cristobal is expected to begin a gradual turn to the northeast and away from land during the day on Wednesday, Aug. 27 and through Thursday, Aug. 28./National Hurricane Center The threat for dangerous rip currents should diminish during the day on Thursday as Cristobal begins to pull away from the United States.

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