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Bertha The Second Hurricane Of The Year In The Atlantic

Bertha The Second Hurricane Of The Year In The Atlantic

By Ted Keller. CREATED Aug 4, 2014

Bertha got up to hurricane strength today while Iselle and Julio take aim at Hawaii in the Pacific.

Bertha is now a category one hurricane with sustained winds between 74 and 95 mph.  Bertha has followed forecast projections over the weekend and is expected to continue to curve more to the northeast out over the open waters of the western Atlantic this week.  This path will not directly impact the U.S.

Meanwhile, the tropical eastern Pacific is active.  Hurricane Iselle has a well-defined eye as it continues to move west-northwest.  This projection puts Iselle in the Hawaiian Island chain by Thursday.  Iselle is currently a category four storm with sustained winds between 130 and 156 mph but is expected to weaken to a tropical storm before in reaches the island chain.

Behind Iselle, now tropical storm Julio is forecast to strengthen to a hurricane by Wednesday.  Julio is taking a similar track to Iselle and may eventually affect Hawaii too.


The Saffir-Simpson Scale for hurricane rating