July 8 (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Bertha, a "powerful" Category 3 storm, may weaken this week as it passes over the Atlantic away from land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Bertha's maximum sustained winds were blowing at 120 miles (195 kilometers) an hour, the center said in an advisory posted on its Web site shortly after 4:30 a.m. Miami time. The system strengthened yesterday from a tropical storm.
"Some fluctuations in intensity may occur today, but a gradual weakening trend is expected to begin within the next couple of days," the center said.
So the conditions are not expected to have Bertha continue strengthening at this point.