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Tropical Storm Hits South Carolina Ahead of Atlantic Season

  • Bertha bringing high winds, heavy rain to East Coast
  • After landfall, storm’s wind lessens, but heavy rain continues
Bertha location overnight on May 27.
Bertha location overnight on May 27. Source: NOAA
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The Atlantic’s second storm of 2020 made landfall just east of Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday, and then quickly weakened to a tropical depression.

Tropical Storm Bertha was downgraded when its top winds fell to 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour, down from 50 mph earlier. The storm was about 65 miles northwest of Charleston at 2 p.m. New York time, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.