Bertha downgraded to Tropical Depression, moving across Carolinas

Bertha downgraded to Tropical Depression, moving across Carolinas
Tropical Depression Bertha (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Six hours after the National Hurricane Center named Tropical Storm Bertha, the latest update has downgraded the storm to a Tropical Depression.

Tropical Depression Bertha
Tropical Depression Bertha (Source: WMC Action News 5)

Forecasters from the NHC quickly watched an area of disturbed weather located offshore of South Carolina become bettered organized Wednesday morning, prompting the naming of the now Tropical Storms.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, Tropical Storm Bertha had maximum sustained winds around 45 mph and moving northwest around nine mph.

By the 11 a.m. update, Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall near Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The storm is moving north around 15 mph and has winds around 50 mph.

Tropical Depression Bertha
Tropical Depression Bertha (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The 2 p.m. update of Bertha shows that winds were only 35 mph, causing the NHC to downgrade the storm to a Tropical Depression. Winds are still gusting around 65 mph and dumping heavy rain across the Carolinas.

Tropical Storm Bertha
Tropical Storm Bertha (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The heavy rain threat will continue as Tropical Depression Bertha continues to track into Western North Carolina and Virginia.

What was Tropical Storm Bertha became the second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Arthur formed earlier this month mostly staying in the Atlantic Ocean.

2020 Hurricane Names
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The official start to Hurricane Season is just days away, June 1. Forecasters with both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Colorado State University are predicting an “above average” 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

Stay with the WMC Action News 5 First Alert Weather team during this hurricane season as we give you the latest outlooks on what is happening across the ocean waters.

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