The hurricane season hasn’t even started yet.....
We now have 2020’s second tropical storm — and the hurricane season hasn’t even started yet.
The National Hurricane Center announced on Wednesday morning that Tropical Storm Bertha has formed off the coast of South Carolina.
It won’t be around long. The hurricane center expects the center of the storm to move inland in the next few hours.
As of 7:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday, Tropical Storm Bertha was located about 30 miles east-southeast of Charleston, S.C., and was moving northwest at 9 mph.
Bertha had top winds of 45 mph, making it a minimal tropical storm. Tropical storm force winds begin at 39 mph.
A tropical storm warning has gone up along the South Carolina coast from Edisto Beach to the South Santee River.
Bertha is expected to move inland in South Carolina today and weaken, then track across eastern and northern South Carolina later today and into west-central North Carolina by tonight, the hurricane center said.
The hurricane center said Bertha could cause flash flooding in parts of the Carolinas today like it did in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday.
It could also cause deadly rip currents along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas.
NOAA forecasters are predicting another above-average Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30.
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