The forecast track map from the National Hurricane Center issued at 11 a.m. Aug. 4 shows Hurricane Bertha moving between the east coast of the U.S. and Bermuda on Tuesday. Bertha poses no threat to land.
Bertha strengthened into the second hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season Monday morning. According to the National Hurricane Center, it poses no threat to land.
At 11 a.m. Aug. 4, Bertha was about 230 miles east-northeast of Great Abaco Island. Maximum sustained winds were 80 mph. The hurricane was moving north at about 17 mph. No watches or warnings have been issued.
The current forecast track shows Bertha moving away from the Bahamas and moving between the U.S. east coast and Bermuda on Tuesday. The hurricane is expected to begin to weaken later that day and become a tropical storm again by Wednesday morning.
Experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center releases an outlook May 22 predicting that this season would have near-normal or below-normal activity. The outlook gives a 50 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season.
The outlook also calls for a 70 percent chance that eight to 13 names storms will form with three to six strengthening into a hurricane and one to two becoming major hurricanes. The average, from 1981 to 2010, is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
Hurricane season began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.
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