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Tropical Storm Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 9:32 AM
This GOES-16 satellite image taken Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 11:40 UTC and provided by THE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Tropical Storm Bertha approaching the South Carolina coast. (NOAA via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall on South Carolina’s coast Wednesday morning shortly after it formed, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.

A tropical storm warning was issued for South Carolina’s coast and the storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Bertha’s maximum sustained winds were near 50 miles per hour as it came ashore but it was expected to weaken to a tropical depression after moving inland.

The storm was centred about 20 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina, and was moving northwest near nine miles per hour.

Along America Street in Charleston, residents awoke Wednesday to an intersection that had become a water-filled canal. Cars parked on the curb had water up to their doors, The Post and Courier reported.

Garbage cans had spilled over, and dirty diapers, magazines and food scraps clogged drains in the area, the newspaper reported.

Earlier this month, Tropical Storm Arthur brought rain to North Carolina before moving out to sea.

It was the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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