Tropical Storm Bertha rapidly developed into a tropical storm Wednesday morning. The storm made landfall near Charleston around 9:30 a.m. after forming.
This is now the second tropical storm to form ahead of the official start of Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1. Tropical Storm Arthur formed earlier this month.
Around time of landfall on Wednesday, Bertha was packing winds of 50 mph as it came onshore, centered 20 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina. It is moving to the north at 15 mph. As of 2 p.m., Bertha is now a tropical depression with 35 mph wind.
Heavy rain and wind will follow the storm inland through the Midlands and Pee Dee of South Carolina and western North Carolina.
For the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, there will be an elevated risk of rip currents today, but other than that, we will just see some occasional showers and no other significant impacts.
Take a look at video of the storm’s impacts near Myrtle Beach around noon.