BERTHA approaching Puerto Rico

Tropical storm BERTHA is approaching Puerto Rico from the south east at a self-destructive 20 knots. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 knots. A general west-nor'west motion is expected to continue through Monday bringing the centre of the system near Hispaniola on Sunday. If the system survives the relatively high shear environment, bizarre ground speed and the rough terrain of Hispaniola, it has the potential to strengthen into a strong tropical storm or perhaps a minimal hurricane as it turns to the north then northeast on Monday and Tuesday. It is expected to recurve and not hit the US east coast. However, the system could be near Bermuda by Tuesday. Disturbance fourteen has dissipated. Batten down in the north-east Caribbean. Otherwise, stand easy. 

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