Tropical Storm Bertha continued on its path north Sunday, blowing through the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The storm brought rain and strong winds as it moved from the Turks and Caicos Islands in the morning to the southeastern Bahamas in the afternoon. The southeastern Bahamas experienced 20 to 30-mph winds and heavy rain Sunday, said Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade.
By Sunday afternoon, the bulk of the storm had passed over the islands and was centered in the Atlantic Ocean.
Winds over the Atlantic blew at an estimated 45 mph, said Daniel Brown, also a senior hurricane specialist for the National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade.
At 5 p.m. Sunday, a tropical storm warning was lifted and all that remained for the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands were a few lingering showers, Brown said.
“The worst of the event has passed,” he said.
Tropical Storm Bertha is projected to continue curving north and away from the U.S. coastline. Although the coast is clear, forecasters are keeping an eye on Bertha in case the storm takes an unexpected turn toward land, Brown said.
South Florida won’t feel the effects of the storm. But plenty of rain is expected in the region over the next few days.
The wet weather is the result of an area of low pressure unrelated to the tropical storm, said Chuck Caracozza, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade.
South Florida should expect an inch and a half to two inches of rain through Wednesday in summer thunderstorm fashion, Caracozza said. “It’s going to be wetter than normal,” Caracozza said.