In an 11 a.m. Monday advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Bertha was upgraded to a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
The storm, which is moving north at 17 mph, is still on track to miss the east coast of the United States. Models predict it will be off the coast of southern North Carolina early Tuesday morning.
Although Hurricane Bertha will likely not make landfall, coastal areas will still feel some effects of the storm as it moves past. High surf and rip currents are expected to pick up throughout the day Tuesday.
For the very latest on Hurricane Bertha, visit the National Hurricane Center’s website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov