Hurricane Bertha Forms, No Landfall Expected

Second Atlantic hurricane of season has formed off East Coast.

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“Hurricane Bertha has formed in the Atlantic off the U.S. East Coast but isn’t expected to be a threat to land,” AP reports. “The second hurricane of the Atlantic season had maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph) with little change expected in the next 24 hours. It was forecast to start weakening Tuesday.”




The National Hurricane Center gives its ALL-CAPS OVERVIEW:

LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 27.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE 73.6 WEST. BERTHA IS
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 17 MPH...28 KM/H...AND A TURN TOWARD
THE NORTH-NORTHEAST AND NORTHEAST WITH INCREASING FORWARD SPEED IS
FORECAST OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...BERTHA
WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE BAHAMAS TODAY AND PASS ABOUT
MIDWAY BETWEEN THE U.S. EAST COAST AND BERMUDA ON TUESDAY.

REPORTS FROM NOAA AND AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE
THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 80 MPH...130
KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST
DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. A WEAKENING TREND IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN
BY LATE TUESDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 25 MILES...35 KM...FROM
THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 160
MILES...260 KM.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 998 MB...29.47 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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NONE.

So don't worry!

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