Tropical Storm Bertha Churns Through the Lesser Antilles
The second named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season has formed. The system, named Bertha, is currently situated about 20 miles east-northeast of Barbados, packing winds of about 50-mph, gusting to 65-mph.
Tropical Storm Bertha is presently moving west-northwest around 22-mph, which makes it a pretty fast-moving storm. Its central pressure is down to 1007 millibars; just to give some perspective, the mean sea-level pressure of the atmosphere is about 1013 millibars.
Watches and Warnings
According to latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the French government has issued tropical storm warning for one of its overseas departments — Martinique.
Additional tropical storm warnings are in effect for a large part of the Lesser Antilles. Locations included in the warnings are as follows: St. Lucia, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Vieqies, Culebra, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Tropical storm watches are also in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
At present the forecast calls from some moderate strengthening and a decisive turn to the northwest and then ultimately a northerly turn. That northerly turn will likely take Bertha away from the U.S. mainland, but not before making an impact on parts of the Lesser Antilles. People that have interests in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands should monitor the forecast in the coming days. It looks like the bulk of Berth’s effect on U.S. Caribbean territories will be Saturday morning through Saturday afternoon.
After passing over Puerto Rico and the eastern part of the Isle of Hispaniola, Bertha will skirt the eastern flank of the Bahamas before heading out to sea.
The forecast is subject to change in the next couple of days, so stay with WeatherNationTV.com meteorologists for the latest.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond