Hurricane Bertha stays out to sea and poses no threat to land
Hurricane Bertha was upgraded from a tropical storm when it was about 230 miles east-northeast of Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas, the Miami-based NHC said. By 5 p.m., maximum sustained winds had slowed from 80 miles per hour to 75 mph.
The storm then will accelerate as it heads northeast into the open Atlantic Ocean, the NHC said in a statement.
There could be concerns about Newfoundland but it is unclear if Bertha will still have characteristics of a tropical storm when it nears the Canadian province, he said.
Bertha comes a month after Hurricane Arthur struck the North Carolina coast with little serious damage.
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