Tropical Storm Bertha weakens to tropical depression after becoming 2nd named storm of 2020 season

Posted at 8:35 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 23:20:13-04

The second named system of the Atlantic hurricane season weakened to a tropical depression after becoming a tropical storm just off the South Carolina coast.

Tropical Storm Bertha formed off the South Carolina coast Wednesday morning, then weakened to a depression before 2 p.m.

The center of Bertha made landfall along the coast of South Carolina, east of Charleston around 10 a.m.

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, Bertha is moving north and rapidly weakening. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph with higher gusts. Bertha is expected to dissipate Thursday night.

Bertha is expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of rain with isolated totals of 8 inches across parts of North Carolina and southwest Virginia.

This rainfall may produce life threatening flash flooding and make river flooding worse. Gusty winds are possible across the higher elevations of southwest Virginia and West Virginia as Bertha moves over the Appalachians.

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday May 27

Location: 36.0 N 80.5 W

Moving: 23 mph

Min pressure: 1009 mb

Max sustained winds: 30 mph

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