Havana, Cuba, Aug 1.- Bertha, second tropical storm of the current hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, is nearing the Lesser Antilles, the Cuban Institute of Meteorology (INSMET) reported today.
The system was estimated at 06.00 local hour at 13.1 degrees north latitude and 57.3 degrees west longitude, about 240 kilometers east of Barbados.
Bertha was formed on Thursday and has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour, with higher gusts and a central pressure of 1,008 hP. It is moving in a west-northwestern direction at about 31 kilometers per hour.
ISMET said that during next 12 to 24 hours, the storm will maintain similar path and speed, affecting the south and central area of the Lesser Antilles arc, with slightly shift in organization and intensity.
Source: Prensa Latina