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Hurricane Bertha strengthens over Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Bertha strengthens over Atlantic Ocean

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Just hours after Tropical Storm Bertha became the first hurricane of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, Bertha strengthened to a “major” storm at category three on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Five-day track map of Hurricane Bertha.

At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm was packing sustained winds of 120 miles an hour and was located about 695 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and about 1085 miles southeast of Bermuda. Forecasters say that Bertha is moving west-northwest at about 12 miles an hour and is expected to slow down in the next couple of days. “A gradual turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days,” the NHC said.

While the NHC noted that it is still too early to tell if Bertha will strike land, residents are being urged to continue to monitor the storm’s progress. Further strengthening is unlikely, according to the NHC, due to unfavorable atmospheric conditions.

Bertha first formed on Thursday in the eastern Atlantic off of Africa. The storm is the easternmost tropical storm to form over the Atlantic in the month of July.



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July 7, 2008

Bertha becomes first hurricane of 2008 Atlantic season

Bertha becomes first hurricane of 2008 Atlantic season

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Hurricane Bertha is expected to become a Category 2 storm, possibly later today.

Bertha became the first hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season Monday, after strengthening from a tropical storm overnight.

As of 11:00 am EDT, the Category 1 hurricane is located in the mid-Atlantic ocean, about 775 miles east of the Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. It has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, with higher gusts, and it is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to strengthen over the next 24 hours, with a possibility of intensifying into a Category 2 hurricane later today. The National Hurricane Center sees “no apparent environmental factors” to inhibit Bertha’s intensification into a Category 2 storm. Over the next few days, it is projected to gradually turn towards the northwest, while reducing in forward speed.

The National Hurricane Center has not said whether Bertha will affect any land areas. However, a five-day forecast map shows Bertha passing near Bermuda around Saturday. “While the degree of the turn has important implications regarding potential impacts to Bermuda,” the National Hurricane Center said, “it is much too early to determine if Bertha will actually threaten that island.”

Coincidentally, Bertha was also the name of a 1996 hurricane, which formed exactly 12 years ago on July 7.

 
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