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Hurricane Bertha Downgraded to Tropical Storm, No US Threat

Hurricane Bertha

Hurricane Bertha has been downgraded to a tropical storm as of Tuesday.

The hurricane was expected to pass about midway between the Atlantic coast and Bermuda late Tuesday morning. A turn toward the northeast and an increase in forward speed was expected to begin late Tuesday and continue into Wednesday.

"There's no direct impact that will be felt on the U.S. East Coast. However, there could be added surf and rip current conditions," said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

That doesn't mean coastal residents should let their guard down, though. "We've still got the peak of the season to go on the Atlantic side, mid-August to mid-October," Feltgen said.

A National Hurricane Center advisory reported Bertha's center was positioned about 475 miles west of Bermuda, roughly 200 miles off the North Carolina coast. The storm was traveling north-northeast at roughly 22 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph; winds of tropical storm strength — at least 39 mph — were measured 125 miles from the center, primarily to the east of the center.

On Sunday, the storm tore through parts of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos with rain and gusty winds, after passing over the Dominican Republic. Earlier, it dumped rain on drought stricken Puerto Rico.

However, a gradual weakening was forecasted for the next two days. There are no tropical storm watches or warnings in effect for this storm.

The storm is currently moving across the Atlantic, with the remnants set to reach Europe towards the end of the week.

Tropical cyclone advisories are still in effect in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, but the storm is not expected to have remotely the same impact on Atlantic Canada as Arthur did.

Andy Ratcliffe, of MeteoGroup, said: "The moisture associated with the hurricane could well lead to us having some heavy rain across the UK towards the end of the week. All parts of the country will be affected. There will also be a new low-pressure system caused by the disturbance from the remains of Bertha, leading to more unsettled weather. It could be quite breezy at times."

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