Tropical Storm Bertha downgraded to depression, heads toward Carolinas bringing possibly life-threatening flooding

Tropical depression develops days before hurricane season’s official start; Florida not affected

Tropical Storm Bertha becomes second named storm of 2020 (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Florida is just a few days away from entering hurricane season, and the tropics are wasting no time heating up.

As of Wednesday morning, Tropical Storm Bertha was coined, becoming the second named storm of the year and will avoid Florida’s east coast, forming near the coast of South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Later in the afternoon, the NHC sent out a Tweet saying that Bertha had been downgraded to a tropical depression, but had the ability to bring potentially life-threatening flash flooding to regions of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Although Bertha has been downgraded as a storm, it retains its name.

“For the past five years we’ve had systems form before the actual season begins. This one will stay away from Florida,“ said News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges.

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, heads towards Carolinas, misses Florida (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

As hurricane season continues to approach for what experts believe could be a very active year, News 6 has the tools and preparedness tips to keep you safe during a hurricane.

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