MIAMI (AP) — Bertha became the season's second hurricane on Monday, but has since then been downgraded to a tropical storm.
At 11 a.m. Bertha was moving toward the north-northeast at 22 mph and is expected to gain forward speed in the next 48 hours.
Bertha is forecast to continue to move away from the Bahamas Monday and pass about midway between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda later this morning.
For a time, Bertha had winds up to 80 mph, but it has since weakened to 60 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected over the next 48 hours.
Tropical Storm force winds extend outward 125 miles from the center, with an estimated minimum central pressure of 1006 mb.
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