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Tropical Storm Bertha could become a hurricane this week

Tropical Storm Bertha could become a hurricane this week
MGN Online
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Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 5:04pm

Tropical Storm Bertha is the second tropical storm of the Atlantic this year.

Bertha was barely keeping its act together as it moved past the Bahamas on Sunday, but nonetheless, had the potential of becoming a hurricane later this week.

On Sunday afternoon, Bertha was located about 95 miles southeast of San Salvador in the Bahamas and was moving to the northwest at about 18 mph.

Thankfully, tropical storm warnings have been dropped for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

What's even better, Bertha is not expected to have any more run-ins with land, according to the National Weather Service.

This means the storm should move away from the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands during the day Sunday and have a more northward path posing no threat to the U.S. East Coast.

Bad news is, there is the potential of this storm becoming a Hurricane as early as Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Bertha had been crossing through some unfavorable conditions, which is what helped contain the storm, preventing it from further developing. But this is all about to change.

Sea surface temperatures near the Bahamas are very warm, and according to some water vapor models, the storm has managed to move away from the abundant dry air in the Atlantic that has been preventing its growth.

The hurricane center says that the wind shear that had been tearing at the storm is forecast to lessen over the next two days.

The good news about this is that the NHC forecasts Bertha becoming a hurricane by Wednesday and shortly after, it will merge with a front and begin to lose its tropical characteristics.

But again, this storm at this point poses no threat to the US East Coast.

There is, however, another tropical wave being felt in South Florida now.

The wave, which the hurricane center says had no chance of development, could drop more than 2 inches of rain across the peninsula, according to the NWS.

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