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Bertha Moving Away from Virgin Islands

As the British Virgin Islands continues to gets wind and rain in strong waves, the BVI DDM has just announced that Tropical Storm Bertha is moving away. At 2:00 pm the centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was estimated near latitude 17.8 north longitude 67.5 west or approximately 175 miles WSW of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Bertha is moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected tonight with this motion continuing through Sunday night. On the forecast track the centre of Bertha should move away from Puerto Rico this afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph with higher gusts.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles mainly to the north east of the centre.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb.

Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, mid morning during Bertha

Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, mid morning during Bertha

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

Wind: Tropical storm conditions should continue over the British Virgin Islands for the next several hours.

Rainfall: Bertha is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with isolated amounts up to 5 inches across portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands