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BERTHA STRENGTHENS BACK TO A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE

Published on July 9, 2008 9:53 PM | Comments

Bertha has regained some strength, but the Caribbean appears to have been spared.

HURRICANE BERTHA ADVISORY NUMBER 27 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022008 500 PM AST WED JUL 09 2008

...BERTHA STRENGTHENS BACK TO A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE...

AT 500 PM AST...2100Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE BERTHA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 24.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 58.1 WEST OR ABOUT 560 MILES... 900 KM...NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS AND ABOUT 660 MILES...1060 KM...SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.

BERTHA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH...19 KM/HR. A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 105 MPH...165 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND BERTHA COULD AGAIN BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 30 MILES...45 KM...FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES...220 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 970 MB...28.64 INCHES.

LARGE SWELLS AND HIGH SURF COULD BEGIN AFFECTING PORTIONS OF BERMUDA TONIGHT OR TOMORROW.

REPEATING THE 500 PM AST POSITION...24.8 N...58.1 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD...NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...105 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...970 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT 1100 PM AST.



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