Bertha, the second tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in South Carolina, specifically near Mount Pleasant, a town located in Charleston County.
This was warned by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) through a statement, where it issued a tropical storm warning for areas located on the state’s coast, from Edisto Beach to South Santee River.
“Tropical storm Bertha makes landfall in South Carolina. The strong threat of rain will spread north with possible life-threatening flash floods,” the agency warned.
On Wednesday morning, the meteorological agency announced that the Bertha centre had been formed very close to South Carolina and that it was threatening to head towards the mainland. The worst forecasts were fulfilled and the system impacted some 30 kilometres from Charleston.
The tropical storm is now advancing overland, with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometres per hour, with some stronger bursts. These streaks extend 35 kilometres from the core of the system, the NHC said.
As explained by the meteorological agency, Bertha moves towards the north of the country at a speed of 24 kilometres per hour (15 mph). It is expected that this Wednesday it will advance through the eastern area and through the centre of South Carolina, then go to the central west of North Carolina, and move from there to southwest Virginia, thus hitting the three states.
For this reason, in the next few hours, tropical storm surveillance and warnings could be expanded.
Throughout its journey, the agency warned, the storm will leave rainfall accumulations of between 2 and 4 inches (or 33 and 65 cubic centimetres), with punctual records of up to 8 inches in some areas (131 cubic centimetres). In their wake, these conditions could lead to life-threatening and dangerous floods in both the Carolinas and Virginia.
“Due to the conditions above, this rain could produce life-threatening flash floods, aggravate and prolong ongoing river floods, and produce rapid floods in smaller rivers,” the NHC warned in its statement.
In addition, the system is expected to hit affected areas with winds that would move between 65 and 118 kilometres per hour.