Tropical Storm Bertha Floods Mount Pleasant Roads

Pablo Tucker
May 30, 2020

The National Hurricane Centre has issued a tropical storm warning for most coastal sections of the state, and is urging residents to prepare.

Tropical Storm Bertha formed this morning (May 27) off the coast of SC, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

If this weather system develops further and is named it will be called "Cristobal", and will join Tropical Storm Arthur, which formed two weeks ago, and Tropical Storm Bertha, which formed Wednesday.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard Suomi NPP provided a visible image of developing Tropical Storm Bertha late on May 26.

According to NOAA's projection, the season will see between 13 and 19 named storms - those with winds of 39 miles per hour (63 kph) or greater - with three to six of them becoming Category 3 hurricanes with winds of 110 miles per hour (178 kph) or greater.

Satellite imagery on May 27 at 8:30 a.m. EDT showed the area of disturbed weather that NHC has been tracking over the past day or so quickly became better organized. The maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts mainly along the coast to the east of the centre. Tropical Storm Bertha formed on Wednesday off the coast of SC and quickly moved inland.

By Wednesday afternoon, it had weakened to a tropical depression but remained a potentially deadly threat, the Weather Service said.

If it does, however, forecasters say the system will gradually move to the north and not impact land.

(1) No El Nino is expected this year therefore this factor will not contribute to the suppression of tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin.

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