Tropical Storm Bertha Rakes Bermuda
By ELIZABETH ROBERTS,
Posted: 2008-07-14 19:22:01
Filed Under: World News
(July 14) - Tropical Storm Bertha raked Bermuda with high winds Monday
while kicking up choppy surf along the East Coast of the United States.
U.S. forecasters warned that the system was close to regaining
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Tropical Storm Bertha churns off the coast of Bermuda Monday.
The streets of Hamilton were empty and all ferries and flights were canceled in the British territory. Most businesses closed and there were sporadic power outages
from downed cables as well as minor flooding in low-lying areas. There
were no reports of injuries.
Retiree Barbara Richardson rode out the storm in her home in the southern parish of Warwick, where electricity was knocked out for about an hour.
"The wind was howling pretty bad there for a while, but now it's calming down," Richardson said. "We've seen worse here."
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was 65
miles northeast of the Atlantic island late Monday afternoon with
sustained winds near 70 mph and higher gusts. Atlantic Season Storm Names 2008
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a 2006 hurricane is photographed by a crew member on board the Space
Shuttle Atlantis. Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal are the first three
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Bertha is expected to strengthen into a hurricane during the next 24 hours, according to the hurricane center.
Dangerous rip currents were occurring along the U.S. East Coast from the
Carolinas through southern New England, according to the hurricane center. Officials said that may have contributed to at least one drowning Saturday along a New Jersey beach.
Bertha was swirling north at near 9 mph. It was expected to bring 3-5 inches of rain to
Bermuda. A turn to the northeast was expected Tuesday, with a turn to the east expected Wednesday.
Bertha became the Atlantic season's first hurricane on July 7.
Meanwhile, Elida became the second hurricane of the Eastern Pacific region's
season, scattering rains across Mexico's central coast.
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