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Bertha Sweeps Farther Away From U.S. Coast

UPDATED 5 AM AST, August 5, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Tropical Storm Bertha remains no threat to the U.S., Canada or Bermuda as it harmlessly chugs through the western Atlantic. Its rain and wind could sideswipe Newfoundland by Thursday as it sweeps into the North Atlantic.

As of 5 a.m. AST, Hurricane Bertha was located near 39.0 N and 65.4 W, or 400 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and 815 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Bertha`s top sustained winds remain steady at 50 mph. It is moving quickly northeast at 28 mph, and its minimum central pressure remains steady at 1007 mb, or 29.74 inches of mercury.

Other than large waves stirring up dangerous rip currents for the East Coast beaches through early Wednesday, no other impacts can be expected from Bertha. Bertha will transition to a strong low pressure by midweek as it gets sheared apart by strong upper-level winds and moves into cooler water of the North Atlantic.

It will, however, make a close passage with Newfoundland on Thursday. A few wind gusts here could top 39 mph or greater for a brief time Thursday morning. The low pressure will then truck away from Canada, deeper into the North Atlantic by Friday.

The peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season is now about a month away. Now is the time for residents that live near the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean to review their hurricane plans and to double-check their hurricane safety kits to make sure it is stocked with all of the essentials, including water, batteries and non-perishable food.

Be sure to check with WeatherBug for the latest on the tropics and stay with WeatherBug during this 2014 hurricane season. Get the latest updates anywhere onTwitter.

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