Tropical Storm Bertha approaches warmer waters

MIAMI At 5 a.m. Eastern time today, Bertha was centered about 1,310 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.

It has maximum sustained winds of nearly 50 miles-an-hour, with some higher gusting. Forecasters expect Bertha to strengthen during the next few days and it could become the season's first hurricane.

The storm is moving toward the west but it's still too early to say where or even if it will hit land.

The first named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season, Arthur, formed the day before the season officially started June 1st and soaked the Yucatan Peninsula.

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