Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the Virgin Islands. A Tropical Storm Warning means that Tropical Storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area…in this case within the next 24 hours.
At 2:00 pm the centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was estimated near latitude 17.8 north longitude 67.5 west or approximately 175miles 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.
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
Residents are urged to monitor the system as it progresses. The Department of Disaster Management will continue to monitor TS Bertha and provide updates accordingly. Please visit www.bviddm.com and subscribe for updates.
Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.