Bertha Pounds Bermuda

Tropical Storm Bertha raked Bermuda with strong winds and rain on Monday. The National Hurricane Center indicated 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. Bertha is likely to to develop into a hurricane on Tuesday as the storm is now slowly moving away from the area. Dangerous rip currents were occurring along the East Coast from the South Carolina through southern New England, and officials said that may have contributed to at least one drowning Saturday along a New Jersey beach. Bertha was heading north at 9 mph late Monday, and was expected to bring 3 to 5 inches of rain to Bermuda. A turn to the northeast was expected Tuesday, with a turn to the east expected Wednesday.

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