Tropical Storm Bertha three-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphic
By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Bertha was beginning to move away from the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday night and all storm warnings have been discontinued.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday, the center of Tropical Storm Bertha was located about 95 miles east-southeast of San Salvador moving toward the northwest near 18 mph, with a gradual turn toward the north-northwest, north and north-northeast expected during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, Bertha was passing east of the central Bahamas on Sunday night.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph, with higher gusts. Some strengthening was forecast during the next 48 hours.
Bertha is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with isolated amounts of up to 5 inches across the Turks and Caicos Islands through Monday.
The inclement weather from Bertha resulted in the postponement of several Crop Over events in Barbados on Friday.
Also on Friday, the Dominica government announced a partial shutdown of the country in preparation for the passage of Bertha, the second named tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
Regional airline LIAT was forced to cancel some flights on Friday as the airline’s operations continued to be impacted by the passage of Bertha.