Updated 01:46 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Hurricane Bertha News Updates 2014: How Dangerous Could the Storm Become?

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It's only the second hurricane to begin forming on the Atlantic Ocean, but is Hurricane Bertha set to bring destructive winds to the East Coast?

It's been a quiet hurricane season so far. The storm has so far had an impact on Latino communities in the Dominican Republic, where people were evacuated from their homes, and Puerto Rico.

Forecasters say the weather event will bring more surf and increased rain to the Atlantic region. It'll probably dampen any summer beach plans for this week, from the Jersey Short to Florida.

"While the surf hazards are present, showers and thunderstorms will also create headaches for residents and visitors wanting to enjoy a beach day. Bertha is forecast to pass very close to southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday with wind, rain and rough seas. Bertha will strengthen through early this week. As of Monday midday, Bertha was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. Waves will build and swells will expand farther from its center and impact the United States," reports accuweather.com.

Many expect the storm to bypass the U.S. and not cause any serious damage. This wasn't the case for several Carribean islands, reports the Associated Press: "The storm buffeted parts of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos with rain and gusty winds Sunday, after passing over the Dominican Republic and causing temporary evacuation of dozens of families as its downpours raised rivers out of their banks. Earlier, it dumped rain on Puerto Rico, which has been parched by unusually dry weather.

"The storm's maximum sustained winds strengthened to 65 mph (100 kph) late Sunday, and the U.S. hurricane center said some additional strengthening was expected over the next two days. Bertha was centered about 190 miles (305 kilometers) east of Eleuthera Island, with tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 160 miles (260 kilometers). It was moving north-northwest at about 17 mph (28 kph)," the AP reported. The Washington Post Monday morning reported that "the National Hurricane Center has upgraded Bertha to a hurricane.  Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 80 mph, with a minimum pressure of 998 mb."

The threat so far is to the coast of Newfoundland in Canada which could see Bertha play out as a post-tropical storm.

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