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NASSAU, BAHAMAS---Tropical Storm Cristobal
grew in strength yesterday and lashed parts of
the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands
with heavy rainfall and white-crested surf.
The storm was upgraded from a tropical depres-
sion yesterday morning. The U.S. National Hur-
ricane Center in Miami said the storm may
strengthen into a hurricane on Wednesday while
over the open waters of the Atlantic. The storm s
center was expected to curve away from the US
Residents in the sparsely populated southeastern
Bahamas and the tiny British Caribbean depend-
ency of the Turks and Caicos Islands hunkered
down as Cristobal s rains pelted windowpanes.
Authorities in the Bahamas, a sprawling archi-
pelago off Florida s east coast that is accustomed
to stormy weather, urged people on southeastern
and central islands to complete "all the necessary
preparation to protect life and property, primarily
from flooding in flood-prone areas."
Capt. Stephen Russell, head of the islands
emergency management agency, said there had
been no reports of damage by late Sunday morn-
Air traffic to the southeastern Bahamian islands
had not been suspended, but sea vessels were
advised to remain in port, he said.
Cristobal originally formed as a tropical depres-
sion over the Turks and Caicos Islands on Sat-
urday. It was the fourth depression of the Atlantic
By late yesterday morning, the tropical storm
had sustained winds of about 45 mph (75 kph)
and was located about 130 miles (205 kilometers)
east of the Bahamas Long Island.
The slow-moving storm was tracking north-
northwest at about 7 mph (11 kph). U.S. forecasters
said there should be a decrease in forward speed
over the next couple of days, meaning Cristobal s
center is expected to move near or over
the central Bahamas through Monday.
A tropical storm warning was in effect
for the Turks and Caicos Islands and for
the southeast and central Bahamas, with
forecasters saying it could bring up to 8
inches (20 centimeters) of rain to the
islands through Tuesday. Before strength-
ening into a storm, it had downed several
trees and power lines on the US
Caribbean island of Puerto Rico as a low-
pressure system, leaving more than
17,000 people without power and nearly
5,600 without water. Police said in a
statement that a small bridge collapsed
Saturday in the central town of Barran-
quitas, isolating some 25 families in the
area. No one was injured. (AP)
Tropical Storm Cristobal forms near Bahamas
NAPA, CALIFORNIA---The largest earthquake
to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years
struck before dawn yesterday, sending scores
of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging
historic buildings and knocking out power to
thousands of homes and businesses in Cali-
fornia s wine country.
The magnitude-6.0 quake, which ruptured
water mains and gas lines and damaged some
of the region s famed wineries, sent residents
running out of their homes in the darkness.
Three people---two adults and a child---were crit-
Dazed residents too fearful of aftershocks to
go back to bed wandered through Napa s historic
downtown, where the quake had shorn a 10-
foot (3-meter) chunk of bricks and concrete
from the corner of an old county courthouse.
Boulder-sized pieces of rubble littered the lawn
and street in front of the building and the hole
left behind allowed a view of the offices inside.
College student Eduardo Rivera said the home
he shares with six relatives shook so violently
that he kept getting knocked back into his bed
as he tried to flee.
"When I woke up, my mom was screaming,
and the sound from the earthquake was greater
than my mom s screams," the 20-year-old Rivera
Gov Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency
for southern Napa County, directing state agen-
cies to respond with equipment and personnel.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the
earthquake, the White House said, and federal
officials were in touch with state and local emer-
gency responders. (AP)
Strong California quake
causes injuries, damage
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