Tropical Storm Bertha forms


For just the 4th time in history, we have seen two named storms in the Atlantic basin before the June 1st start of the hurricane season.

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Bertha formed this morning off the South Carolina coast.

"A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of South Carolina from Edisto Beach to South Santee River."

The special advisory says tropical storm conditions are expected in the next few hours.

"Bertha is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through tonight. On the forecast track the center of Bertha will move onshore in the warning area in the next few hours and the move inland across eastern and northern South Carolina later today and into west-central North Carolina by tonight."

The storm had maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts.

"Bertha is expected to weaken to a tropical depression after moving inland and become a remnant low tonight."

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND----------------------RAINFALL:  Bertha is expected to produce total rain accumulation of 2 to 4 inches with isolated totals of 8 inches across eastern and central South Carolina into west central to far southeastern North Carolina and southwest Virginia.  This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding.

WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the coast within the warning area in the next couple of hours.