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Bertha pummels Bermuda, makes history

Wed., July 16, 2008

HAMILTON, Bermuda – Tropical Storm Bertha headed back out over open ocean and away from the U.S. mainland Tuesday after it battered Bermuda, knocking out electricity to thousands on the Atlantic tourist island.

It is the longest-lived July tropical storm in history, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Bertha became the Atlantic season’s first hurricane, before weakening into a tropical storm. It is expected to strengthen over the next 24 hours, forecasters said.

The previous longest-lived storm, known as Storm No. 2, occurred in 1960 and lasted just over 12 days, according to forecaster Daniel Brown. Bertha is entering its 13th day.

The storm was centered 360 miles northeast of Bermuda Tuesday night.

Bertha whipped up dangerous rip currents along the U.S. East Coast from the Carolinas through southern New England, contributing to at least one drowning Saturday along a New Jersey beach, officials said.


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