Columbia (WACH) â?? Tropical Storm Bertha becomes the second named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season and the soggy conditions continue for Friday.
Bertha has formed overnight with maximum sustained winds at 45 mph. Moving northwest, Bertha may approach an environment with weaker wind shear allowing it to strengthen as it moves into the Caribbean. After passing Hispaniola and near the Bahamas, the storm will be picked up and moved out to the northeast. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect right now for Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles. We will likely not see any impacts in the Midlands, will continue to keep monitoring the storm through the weekend.
Thursday was a soggy and rainy day, and we likely will have the same story for Friday. With a front stalled along the coast, upper level disturbances and southwest wind flow, the gloomy pattern remains. Showers are expected through your Friday with flooding as the main threats. The slow movement of the storms may lead to flooding in low lying and poor drainage areas.
The abundant cloud coverage and rain will help to keep our temperatures below normal once again. The normal temperature for this time of year is 92, today we will stay in the mid 80â??s. Check out the full video forecast above.