Tropical Storm Bertha forms, could cause rough waves next week

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Tropical Storm Bertha has formed in the western Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center, after struggling for life as a half-hazard tropical depression for the better part of a week. NWS Tropical Storm Bertha has formed in the western Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center, after struggling for life as a half-hazard tropical depression for the better part of a week. NWS Tropical Storm Bertha has formed in the western Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center, after struggling for life as a half-hazard tropical depression and disturbance for the better part of a week.

Here’s is what it means for South Jersey:

As of 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, Bertha was positioned about 11 miles east southeast of Barbados and racing west-northwest at about 20 mph, according to the Nationl Hurricane Center. It’s pressure was 1008 MB with sustained winds of 45 mph. Hurricanes like slow speeds at 5-10 mph. Racing along at 20 mph will limit her chance for growth.

Bertha, the second named tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, is expected to remain a tropical storm and to pass over the Caribbean Sea through the next week. Her strongest winds are expected to grow to 50 mph so she will remain well below the 74-mph hurricane threshold.

Bertha will pass over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a rain-making tropical storm during the weekend. On Monday, Bertha will be positioned off of the east coast of Florida. She will pass to the east of the Carolinas and Middle Atlantic States on Tuesday and Wednesday. From there she race toward the northern Atlantic.

Bertha may get close enough to the Carolinas to deliver several inches of rain, the National Weather Service said.

Impact for South Jersey

An enemy of my enemies is a friend, right? Well, the stalled front that promises to mess up the Aug. 2-3 weekend with random rain showers for South Jersey may provide a blessing as well. The stalled front is expected to pick up Tropical Storm Bertha and keep her well positioned well off the coast of the Southeast and Middle Atlantic states. Bertha will gradually turn to the north and then to the northeast and head toward the northern Atlantic Ocean.

Look for the ocean seas to rough up a bit in Monday and Tuesday as Bertha climbs the eastern seaboard ladder.

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