MIAMI (AP) - Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.
The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph (100 kph) early today with gradual weakening expected over the next two days.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Bertha is forecast to pass midway between the East Coast and Bermuda later Tuesday morning.
13News Now Meteorologist Craig Moeller says the ABC13 viewing area will have a higher threat of rip currents and there could be some minor beach erosion at the coast today.
The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement because of the rip current risk. Forecasters say the threat will be particularly high within a few hours either side of low tide.
The storm is centered about 475 miles west of Bermuda and is moving north-northeast near 22 mph (35 kph).
On Sunday, the storm buffeted parts of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos with rain and gusty winds, after passing over the Dominican Republic. Earlier, it dumped rain on Puerto Rico.
Meantime, Hurricane Iselle is forecast to reach Hawaii Thursday as a tropical storm. More on Iselle here