(Updates with Cristobal becoming a hurricane)
By Zachary Fagenson
MIAMI Aug 25 Hurricane Cristobal formed late
Monday with winds rising to 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour)
as it veered away from the continental United States, the
National Hurricane Center said.
Centered about 665 miles (1,075 km) southwest of Bermuda,
Cristobal is creeping north at about 2 mph (3 kph) and is
expected to accelerate on Tuesday, the NHC said.
Cristobal, the third named storm of the Atlantic hurricane
season, soaked parts of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands
on Monday, after drenching Haiti, the Dominican Republic and
Puerto Rico at the weekend.
Two people were reported missing due to flooding in Haiti,
according to local officials.
Forecasters this month downgraded their outlook for the 2014
Atlantic hurricane season, predicting below-normal activity with
seven to 12 named storms, and no more than two reaching major
A major hurricane is considered to be Category 3 or above
with winds hitting at least 111 mph (178 kph).
Below-average temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean
are making it difficult for larger storms to develop, the
Hurricane Arthur, a Category 2 storm, made landfall on North
Carolina's Outer Banks in early July, causing minor damage.
A second hurricane, Bertha, formed over the Atlantic in
August, the remnants of which caused heavy rain and high winds
in the United Kingdom.
(Reporting by Zachary Fagenson and David Adams; Editing by
Daniel Wallis, Mohammad Zargham and Eric Walsh)