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MIAMI-- Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean.

The storm's maximum sustained winds late Friday are near 50 mph (75 kph) with no significant change in strength expected over the next two days. In addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, tropical storm warnings are in effect for Babados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Vieques and Culebra.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Bertha is centered about 170 miles (270 kilometers) east of Barbados and is moving west-northwest near 20 mph (31 kph).

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Tropical Storm Bertha formed late Thursday night, according to the National Hurricane Center. The center's 5a.m. advisory said the storm has winds of 45 mph and is east of the Lesser Antilles.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Bertha is expected to pass near or north of Barbados Friday afternoon.

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