LAFAYETTE, LA (FOX15) — Hurricane Bertha has formed in the Atlantic Ocean with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour. This makes Hurricane Bertha a Category 1 Hurricane according to the Saffir Simpson Scale, a measurement scale used by meteorologists to determine the intensity of hurricanes.
Fox15 Meteorologist are currently tracking Hurricane Bertha, with a current location of Latitude 27.6 North, longitude 73.6 West. Bertha is moving to the North at about 17 miles per hour. We are anticipating a turn toward the North-NorthEast over the next 48 hours, which means the storm will continue to push away from the United States. On this current track, Bertha will continue to move away from the Bahamas today, and the storm will pass about midway between the East Coast of the United States and Bermuda on Tuesday.
Hurricane Hunter Aircraft indicate the maximum winds are at 80 miles per hour, with some higher gusts. There's not much of a chance for strengthening at this time. In fact, by late Tuesday - Fox15 Meteorologists anticipate we will start to see the Bertha begin to weaken.
Right now, Hurricane force winds are extending about 25 miles from the center of the storm. We're seeing Tropical Storm force winds extending 160 miles from the center of the storm. The minimum central pressure of the storm is 998 MB, or 29.47 inches.