Bertha poised to become a hurricane, roar past Jersey Shore

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As forecasted for the better part of a week, Tropical Storm Bertha will gain strength later this week and bypass the Jersey Shore as she races to the northeast./NHC As forecasted for the better part of a week, Tropical Storm Bertha will gain strength later this week and bypass the Jersey Shore as she races to the northeast./NHC As forecasted for the better part of a week, Tropical Storm Bertha will gain strength later this week and bypass the Jersey Shore as she races to the northeast.

As of  the 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 3, National Hurricane Center advisory, Tropical Storm Bertha was positioned north of Puerto Rico, where she had dropped more than 6 inches of rain over the western portions of the island.

Tropical Storm Bertha’s maximum sustained wind was 45 mph and she was moving to the northwest at a swift speed – for hurricanes – 21 mph.

Bertha was forecast to turn toward the north later today and bend to the northeast on Monday, Aug. 4.

Bertha will be channeled between a jet stream that is flowing up the United States Eastern Seaboard and one that is dipping in the middle Atlantic Ocean.

Bertha is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday, Aug. 5, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecast maxiumum sustained winds are expected to briefly reach past the 74-mph minimum for hurricanes.

Hurricane Bertha will pass about 300 miles off of Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore during the day on Tuesday, according to NationalHurricaneCenter forecasts. Three hundred miles is roughly the distance between Atlantic City and Pittsburgh, Pa.

However, colder waters and a fast forward speed will limit’s Hurricane Bertha’s lifetime to hours and not days.

Hurricane Bertha will quickly begin weaken to a tropical storm as she passes offshore of the Canadian Maritimes later Tuesday and on Wednesday.

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