Hurricane Bertha passed east off the North Carolina coast and west of Bermuda as it accelerated to the northeast, posing no threat to the United States other than high surf and rip currents. One man drowned in an apparent rip current at Mickler Landing, south of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Aug. 5. The storm brought rain to Bermuda. The second hurricane of the 2014 season, Bertha’s life was cut short from wind shear. Downgraded to a tropical storm, it could impact the United Kingdom by Sunday.