Tropical Storm Bertha makes landfall along coast of South Carolina


MIAMI, Fla. — A tropical storm formed in the Atlantic near the coast of South Carolina Wednesday morning and made landfall a couple hours later, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“Coastal radar indicates that the center of Tropical Storm Bertha has made landfall along the coast of South Carolina, east of Charleston,” the NHC said around 10 a.m..

At the time of landfall, maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph. The NHC updated again at 10:30 a.m. saying Bertha officially made landfall near Mount Pleasant.

By early Thursday morning, Bertha was post-tropical and expected to weaken and dissipate by Thursday evening as it crosses the eastern Great Lakes.

This is the second named storm already this year. Tropical Storm Arthur formed earlier this month, impacting the Outer Banks of North Carolina on May 18.

Hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1.

Related: Forecasters predict busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

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