Hurricane Cristobal drenched the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos before heading north toward Bermuda late Tuesday.

The airport in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, reopened Tuesday. It had been closed as Cristobal dumped 12 inches of rain on the islands.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, was expected to strengthen slightly by Thursday after passing northwest of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. Cristobal was forecasted to dump up to four inches of rain over Bermuda, which has already had one of its rainiest months in history.

Floodwaters killed two people in Haiti and two people in the Dominican Republic, where 3,600 people were evacuated from communities last weekend, according to Jose Manuel Mendez, director of the country's emergency operations center. The storm also drenched Puerto Rico over the weekend.

Dangerous rip currents and rough surf are predicted all along the U.S. eastern seaboard this week.

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