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Tropical Storm Bertha Touches Down in South Carolina

Bertha is the second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which does not officially begin until June 1. Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the coast of Florida 10 days ago.

by Kate Feldman, New York Daily News / May 27, 2020
A woman walks down a flooded 14th Avenue near Wiley Street in Hollywood, Fla., during a downpour on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The rain is forecast to continue through the week in the area. TNS/Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

(TNS) -- Barely an hour after it formed, Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall near Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday.

Bertha made landfall around 9:30 a.m. about 20 miles east of Charleston with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Up to four inches of rain were reported in some areas of Charleston, but Bertha was already weakening by the time it touched down.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Edisto Beach to South Santee River as of the NHC’s 11 a.m. update.

Maximum sustained winds still sit at 50 mph.

The storm is expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of rain across eastern and central South Carolina and as far out as southeastern North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening flash flooding, ongoing river flooding and rapid out-of-bank rises on smaller rivers.

Bertha is the second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which doesn’t officially begin until June 1. Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the coast of Florida 10 days ago.

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