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Bertha rapidly becomes a category 3!

The first named hurricane of the season, Bertha, rapidly intensified on Sunday to a category 3 storm with winds reaching 120 mph and a central pressure of 948 mb. ...

The first named hurricane of the season, Bertha, rapidly intensified on Sunday to a category 3 storm with winds reaching 120 mph and a central pressure of 948 mb. Hurricane Bertha is expected to stay in the Atlantic region and decrease in intensity over the next few days. As of 2:00 p.m. EDT, Hurricane Bertha was located near 22.4 north and 54.1 west, moving Northwest with wind speeds now around 96 mph. Lower pressure is causing a northwesterly movement and a strong wind shear over the hurricane causing Bertha to loose structure. As long as the shear continues the storm system will continue to decrease in intensity.

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