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Tropical storm warning for Barbados

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Tropical storm warning for Barbados

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A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Barbados, St Lucia and Dominica as Tropical Storm Bertha develops in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Meteorological Service of Barbados issued the tropical storm warning for Barbados and Dominica, while the St Lucia Government issued the warning there.
A tropical storm watch has been issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the United States Virgin Islands. The Meteorological Service of Barbados has also issued a tropical storm watch for St Vincent and the Grenadines.
At 11 p.m., the centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was located near latitude 12.3 north; longitude 55.5 west.
Bertha is moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph or 31 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, Bertha is expected to pass within 50 miles to the north of Barbados tomorrow afternoon and move through the central Lesser Antilles tomorrow evening.
The system will produce moderate to heavy showers, scattered thunderstorms and winds gusting to storm force across Barbados. Rainfall accumulations of  one to three inches are anticipated. In addition, sea conditions will deteriorate and swells may reach as high as three metres  or ten feet. 
Reports from an air force reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph or 75 km/h, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.
A tropical storm warning could be required for Martinique tomorrow morning.
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area; in this case within the next 24 hours; while a tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area; generally within 48 hours.
Residents should continue to monitor the progress of this system and take all necessary precautions. Interests elsewhere across the northeastern Caribbean Sea should monitor the progress of this system.
The next intermediate advisory will be issued  at 2 a.m(PR/SAT)