Bertha forms and dissipates in 8.5 hours, still bringing rain to NC


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Tropical Storm Bertha formed off the South Carolina coast Wednesday morning, moved inland and dissipated by Wednesday evening. Bertha will continue to bring heavy rainfall to the Carolinas.

The weather system became already the second named tropical storm of the season around 8 a.m. Wednesday when it was approximately 30 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.

Bertha made landfall around 9:30 a.m. about 20 miles east of Charleston with winds near 50 mph.

Bertha became a tropical depression at 2 p.m. Wednesday and dissipated by 5 p.m. Wednesday, meaning it’s total life was about 8.5 hours. The leftovers of Bertha will continue to move north through North Carolina Wednesday night.

Additional rain on top of the already saturated ground could lead to more flooding and even flash flooding in some areas. Central North Carolina will continue to see good rain chances through Saturday as a warm, moist flow continues to bring heavy rain at times.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1.

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