Slow-moving Tropical Storm Bertha Rakes Bermuda

Tropical Storm Bertha raked Bermuda with high winds on Monday while kicking up choppy surf along the East Coast of the United States.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was 60 miles southeast of the Atlantic island Monday morning with sustained winds of 65 mph and higher gusts.

JetBlue canceled Monday flights from Bermuda to Boston and New York, while American Airlines passengers scheduled to travel to Miami and New York were flown out on Sunday.

Bertha was moving north near 7 mph. It was expected to bring 3-5 inches of rain to Bermuda.

Sustained tropical storm-force winds of 55 mph mph were recently reported at Commissioner's Point in Bermuda.

Over the weekend, most tourists avoided the storm-whipped surf and rip currents along Bermuda's southern coast and authorities began posting signs announcing beach closures. Residents taped up windows and secured boats.

The National Weather Service said Bertha created tricky waves and currents along U.S. East Coast, and officials said that may have contributed to at least one drowning death Saturday along a New Jersey beach.

Bertha became the Atlantic season's first hurricane on July 7.

For updates on Bertha and to track the storm click here.

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  • by anonymous on Jul 12, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    Bertha is hitting Bermuda right now(700 miles off shore), and is gonna turn to the east and spiral around the atlantic out nowhere it is causing rip currents along the crystal coast, so watch out
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    I agree with anoymous. I have been checking daily to find an update on the fire and so far, NOTHING....How about it WITN, give us an update on what's happening at our own back door.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2008 at 03:38 AM
    How about an update on the fire? Bertha is no where close to us.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2008 at 02:22 AM
    Only mention a hurricane if it touches a land mass. Then only go into detail about it , if it hits North Carolina. Otherwise , it is just a rain storm at sea . Let boats and ships here your "not gonna hit land" forecast.
  • by humor in Location: NC on Jul 9, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    just like a woman cant figure out her mind how fast she wants to be :P
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    Based off the current weather situation, this storm isint comming close to NC. shouldent even be discussed. Ive never seen a storm make a left turn way up by bermuda. the storms make their turns right before the caribbean, and either turn towards mexico, florida, NC, or they just get turned out in the middle of the atlantic.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Jul 9, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    Hurricanes can be very unpredictable...
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2008 at 03:31 AM
    Let me know about a storm when it is like 200 mioles off the coast and it is certain it is going to hit land. Don't waste our time if it stays out at sea.It is not a big deal unless it hits us. Then if it does hit us , it depends on how strong it is.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Jul 8, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    To: Posted by: farmer joe Location: country on Jul 7, 2008 at 03:58 PM, Thank You
  • by Rusty Location: Washington on Jul 8, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    Based on past tracks that hit NC, this will stay out to sea and head north. Having been hit with a past Bertha, most of our storms go over and around PR and head north. It took a too northerly direction too early. Hey, Bertha is my mothers name and she is not obese...

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