Hurricane Bertha Swings Out to Sea
The second hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is churning across parts of the western Atlantic Ocean. Luckily, the storm won’t affect the mainland United States and will slowly move north in the coming days.
At present Bertha is located about 560 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and has winds sustained around 75-mph, a tad bit below its peak wind speed of 80-mph. Bertha is also tracking due north at 18-mph.
The forecast has Bertha continuing on its northerly track through at least midweek — as a hurricane — before taking an easterly turn and moving out over the cooler waters of the north Atlantic. The cooler waters will aid in the quick dissipation of the storm and it’s expected to be extra-tropical by early Thursday. Models and the National Hurricane Center forecast have the system maintaining tropical storm-force strength through early Friday, before being downgraded to a depression early Saturday morning.
Hurricane Bertha started as a tropical storm late Thursday July 31, 2014. Initially packing winds of 45-mph, Bertha lashed parts of the Lesser Antilles through Friday and parts of early Saturday. According to a Twitter post from the National Weather Service office that serves Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, heavy rain was the main issue from Bertha as it passes the Island on Saturday.
— NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) August 4, 2014
More than 10 inches of rain fell on the U.S. Territory, causing flash flooding in some of the mountainous areas of the islands and some minor flooding in the urban areas of San Juan.
As Bertha passed the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico it had sustained winds of around 45-mph. Sunday night into early Monday morning, Berta underwent significant strengthening and had winds of 80-mph by 8:00 a.m. Monday morning.