Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic brace for heavy rains from Tropical Storm Bertha

August 2, 2014 9:24 PM

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Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic brace for heavy rains from Tropical Storm Bertha

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Tropical Storm Bertha pushed just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds across the region, knocking out power on some islands in the eastern Caribbean.

The storm's maximum sustained winds dropped slightly to 45 mph (75 kph), and slow strengthening was expected by Sunday night. Bertha was centered about 90 miles (150 kilometers) east of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was moving west-northwest at 22 mph (35 kph) late Saturday afternoon.

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