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Bertha now a tropical depression

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Published: May. 27, 2020 at 8:15 AM EDT
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Heavy rainfall is spreading across North and South Carolina as Bertha is now a tropical depression.

The system made landfall this morning as a tropical storm near Mt. Pleasant.

At 2:00 p.m., the storm was about 65 miles north northwest of Charleston and moving north northwest at 15 miles per hour.

Bertha's winds had dropped from 50 to 35 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm will continue to track across South Carolina tonight before moving into central North Carolina.

The core of the heavy rain and gusty winds will stay generally west of I-95 over the next 24 hours.

Rainfall totals will likely range from around 1/2" over the Outer Banks to 1-2" well inland through sunset Thursday. Winds will likely stay below 30 mph for all areas east of I-95.


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Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall on South Carolina’s coast shortly after forming Wednesday.

The storm made landfall near Mt. Pleasant and is moving north at around 15 miles per hour.

At 11:00 a.m. Bertha had 50 mile per hour winds and was about 40 miles northeast of Charleston.

Several streets in Charleston were flooded, although the city saw worse flooding from an unnamed storm last week, the Associated Press reports.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the South Carolina coast, from Edisto Beach to South Santee River.

The storm will then weaken later today and tonight as it tracks towards western North Carolina.

The core of the heavy rain and gusty winds will stay generally west of I-95 over the next 24 hours. The strengthening does increase the chance for an isolated tornado later tonight-tomorrow with some of the storms as they move across the area.

Rainfall totals will likely range from around 1/2" over the Outer Banks to 1-2" well inland through sunset Thursday. Winds will likely stay below 30 mph for all areas east of I-95.


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The low pressure area off the coast of South Carolina has strengthened into Tropical Storm Bertha. The storm has sustained winds of 45 mph and will be moving onshore over the South Carolina coast by early afternoon today. The storm will then weaken later today and tonight as it tracks towards western North Carolina.

This doesn't change our forecast much either way. The core of the heavy rain and gusty winds will stay generally west of I-95 over the next 24 hours. The strengthening does increase the chance for an isolated tornado later tonight-tomorrow with some of the storms as they move across the area.

Rainfall totals will likely range from around 1/2" over the Outer Banks to 1-2" well inland through sunset Thursday. Winds will likely stay below 30 mph for all areas east of I-95.

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