Turks & Caicos, south Bahamas battered by Bertha

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha was moving over the Turks & Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday after emerging from the Dominican Republic, where overflowing rivers led to the temporary evacuation of dozens of families.

As the storm system swirled over the British Caribbean dependency of the Turks and Caicos, its maximum sustained winds were measured at about 45 mph (75 kph), but some strengthening was expected over the next two days. Bertha was moving northwest at 18 mph (30 kph) with tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 160 miles (260 kilometers).
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was likely to curve to the northeast and move parallel to the U.S. eastern seaboard without hitting the mainland. It was also expected to steer clear of the mid-Atlantic British territory of Bermuda later in the week.

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