July 14, 2008

Bermuda Feels First of Bertha’s Winds

Bermuda began feeling the first of Tropical Storm Bertha's winds Monday as the storm inched toward the island from the southeast with 65 mph winds.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said they expected the center of the strong storm to pass just east of the island sometime Monday.

At 8 a.m., Bertha was 75 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving north-northwest near 8 mph, and tropical storm force winds with gusts up to 75 mph extend up to 140 miles from the storm center, forecasters said.

Bermuda officials upgraded a tropical storm watch to a warning. They warned as much as 5 inches of rain could fall in the next two days, during which time little change in Bertha's strength was expected.

Heavy waves began hitting the shores on Friday and have increased as Bertha nears. High surf was forecast for the next two days, the report said.