Tropical Storm Bertha forms near SC

Three days of rain thwart Florida reopening cause severe flooding

We now have 2020's second tropical storm - and the hurricane season hasn't even started yet.

The National Hurricane Center says the second named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Bertha, has formed off the SC coast.

It won't be around long.

"Although a weak surface low could form along the surface trough just off the east coast of Florida and move northward toward Georgia and SC on Tuesday and Wednesday, the low is not expected to become a tropical cyclone due to strong upper-level winds", NHC Forecaster Robbie Berg wrote in special tropical weather outlook late Monday.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour [75 km/h] with higher gusts".

Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall in SC, and, although it's expected to quickly dissipate, the storm has the potential to cause life-threatening flash flooding.

Forecasters expect the storm to weaken to a tropical depression after moving inland and become a remnant low tonight as it moves into central North Carolina.

"This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding", the hurricane center said in its public advisory Wednesday morning.

It could also cause deadly rip currents along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.

Tropical Storm Bertha is the second named summer storm of 2020. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen with an additional 1 to 2 inches expected during the next few hours. But, Bertha and Tropical Storm Arthur, which brushed the Outer Banks in North Carolina on May 18, show people need to have a hurricane plan in place, now.

This is not the first year on record with two named storms before June 1. It also happened in 1887, 1908, 1951 and 2012, he said.

NOAA's Atlantic hurricane season outlook, issued last week, is forecasting an above-average hurricane season, with 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes.

NOAA forecasters are predicting another above-average Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30.



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