Skip to main content

Tropical Storm Bertha churns past islands

By Joe Sutton, CNN
August 1, 2014 -- Updated 2254 GMT (0654 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Bertha has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph
  • NEW: Storm passes near island of Martinique

Is Bertha headed near you? Show us how you're preparing for the storm's arrival, but only if you can do so safely.

(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Bertha barreled toward the northern end of the island of Martinique in the eastern Caribbean on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was churning through the Atlantic at 24 mph.

Bertha was located about 20 miles northwest of Fort de France, Martinique, the hurricane center's 5 p.m. advisory said.

It formed on Thursday.

Tropical Storm Bertha forms in Atlantic

Tropical storm warnings were issued for Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, Martinique, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

Such a warning means tropical storm conditions are expected in the area within the next 24 hours.

A tropical storm watch was issued for the eastern Dominican Republic, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands -- meaning storm conditions are possible within 48 hours, the center said.

Tropical storm conditions were expected in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall amounts from Bertha were projected at 1 to 3 inches, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches across parts of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through Saturday night.

The storm was expected to move back toward the ocean and away from the U.S. mainland in the coming days, according to CNN's Chad Myers. The biggest threat to the United States, he said, would be rip currents up and down the East Coast as large waves come on shore through the weekend.

Share your photos, videos and stories with CNN iReport

Part of complete coverage on
Hurricane & tropical storm season
August 8, 2014 -- Updated 1244 GMT (2044 HKT)
As hurricane season is in full swing, here's a look at the storms and their impact.
June 3, 2014 -- Updated 1144 GMT (1944 HKT)
Apparently sexism isn't just a social problem -- if you're in the path of a hurricane, gender bias might actually kill you.
May 22, 2014 -- Updated 2112 GMT (0512 HKT)
How will El Niño affect hurricane season? It depends on the ocean, forecasters say.
April 10, 2014 -- Updated 1658 GMT (0058 HKT)
The U.S. could be in for another quiet hurricane season this year.
December 2, 2014 -- Updated 1939 GMT (0339 HKT)
Here is a look at what you need to know about the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
October 26, 2012 -- Updated 1620 GMT (0020 HKT)
In areas where hurricanes can strike, it's a good idea to have a closet or an area set aside for storm preparedness storage.
can opener
All you need to know about keeping your food safe to eat and what to have on hand in the event of a weather emergency.
July 3, 2014 -- Updated 2339 GMT (0739 HKT)
Water jugs and batteries are not the only things to consider when extreme weather threatens.
June 5, 2014 -- Updated 1452 GMT (2252 HKT)
Here's a look at some hurricane statistics you need to know.
May 28, 2014 -- Updated 1553 GMT (2353 HKT)
Here's a look at what you need to know about the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.
February 9, 2013 -- Updated 1057 GMT (1857 HKT)
In our increasingly digital world, a mobile phone or other portable device is often a one-stop communication device.
August 30, 2012 -- Updated 1923 GMT (0323 HKT)
You don't have to leave your pets behind in a disaster. Here are ways to keep them safe.
ADVERTISEMENT