The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a tropical storm warning for South Carolina Wednesday, after Bertha’s formation in Atlantic waters was confirmed, with rubo in the eastern United States.
In its report, the meteorological agency detailed that the system is at latitude 32.7 degrees North and longitude 79.4 degrees West with tropical storm winds that reach 45 miles per hour.
Meteorologist Fernanda Ramos, who works at the National Weather Service, told El Nuevo Día that this system would represent intense rain and floods for the area that is within its trajectory.
“Bertha has winds of 45 miles per hour, with higher gusts. It is close to the waters of the Carolinas and is expected to make landfall later today. Of course, once it makes land it is not expected to last much longer as a storm “anticipated the expert.
Tropical Storm #Bertha has formed near the coast of South Carolina this morning. Heavy rainfall will be the biggest threat, along with tropical storm force winds along portions of the South Carolina coast https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/8CeH3j9TlU
– National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) May 27, 2020
According to NHC analysis, Bertha’s tropical storm intensity winds extend 25 miles from its center. The system is moving 9 miles per hour northwest.
“Before it was a storm, it was a low pressure that had left a lot of rain in those areas. There is also a risk of floods and currents due to the deterioration of the water that can leave its way through the Carolinas,” Ramos said.
This is the second tropical storm to form before the start of the 2020 hurricane season that begins on June 1.