Published On: Fri, Aug 1st, 2014

Tropical Storm Bertha takes aim at Barbados and the Lesser Antilles

tropical-storm-berthaMIAMI - Tropical Storm Bertha forms quickly, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and takes aim at Barbados and several other islands in the Lesser Antilles.

In its 11 pm update, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the tropical storm Bertha’s maximum sustained winds Thursday night were near 45 mph (75 kph).

Bertha is centered about 275 miles (445 kilometers) southeast of Barbados and about 385 miles (620 kilometers) southeast of St. Lucia, and is moving northwest at 20 mph (31 kph).

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Barbados, St Lucia and Dominica. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to the latest NHC report, Bertha was expected to pass near Barbados on Friday afternoon and cross over the central Lesser Antilles on Friday evening.

Tropical Storm Bertha’s current condition is unlikely to change over the next couple of days, however interests in the Lesser Antilles are watching the system closely.

Bertha couldn’t arrive at a more unfortunate time for Barbados as the country prepares to celebrate its annual Crop Over Festival this weekend, culminating with Kadooment Day on Monday, a public holiday in the island. Revelers will be hoping the storm passes quickly, and quietly, over the island.

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