July 7, 2008

Hurricane Bertha Now a Major Storm

By The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Jul. 7--Hurricane Bertha is now a major hurricane, with winds of 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center said this afternoon.

The wind speed makes Bertha a category 3 storm, up from a strong category 1 earlier today. Bertha, the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, is still far out in the Atlantic Ocean, heading west-northwest.

The five-day forecast shows the hurricane slowly turning north, and most computer models predict it will stay away from the United States.

By the weekend, however, Bertha could be close to or over Bermuda, which is about 1,100 miles northwest of Bertha's current location.

At 5 p.m., Bertha was located near latitude 20.1 north and longitude 52.1 west. The next National Hurricane Center advisory will be at 11 p.m.


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