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Storm warning still in effect

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Storm warning still in effect

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A TROPICAL STORM warning remains in effect for Barbados as Tropical Storm Bertha continues to move towards the Eastern Caribbean with no change in strength. 

On its present track, the centre of the storm is forecasted to pass within 60 miles to the north of Barbados by this afternoon, bringing pockets of moderate to heavy showers, scattered thunderstorm and winds gusting to storm force. 

At 5 a.m. the centre of Bertha was located near 13.0° North, 57.0° West or about 170 miles (270 km)  to the east of Barbados. Bertha is moving towards the west- northwest at 20mph (31 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.  

Maximum sustained winds are near 45mph (75km/h) with higher gusts. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches). Tropical storm force winds extend outwards up to 45miles (75km) from the centre.  

Rainfall accumulations of one to three inches are anticipated. In addition, sea conditions will deteriorate and swells may reach as high as the metres (10ft).  

Residents should continue to monitor the progress of this system and take all necessary precautions. 

The next intermediate advisory from the Barbados Meteorological Services will be issued at 8 a.m. (PR/NB)