The latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, issued at 5:00 A.M. EDT, locates the center of Tropical Storm Bertha approximately 220 miles – 350 km –east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 70 mph – 110 km/h – below hurricane strength. Bertha is currently moving to the north at around 16 mph – 26 km/h, and “this general motion is expected to continue today…followed by a gradual turn toward the north-northeast and northeast during the next 48 hours. Minimum central pressure was 999 mb – 29.50 inches.”
The NHC said that “on the forecast track Bertha will continue to move away from the Bahamas today and pass about midway between the U.S. east coast and Bermuda on Tuesday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles -.260 km -from the center.
“Additional strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Bertha is forecast to become a hurricane later today. Slow weakening is expected to begin by late Tuesday.”
Source: National Hurricane Center