Tropical Storm Bertha Makes Landfall in South Carolina

Tropical Storm Bertha Makes Landfall in South Carolina

Disaster Alert
May 27, 2020

Source: The Weather Channel

NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.

At a Glance

  • Bertha has weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall along the coast of South Carolina on Wednesday morning.
  • Bertha’s main threat will be heavy rain spreading northward from South Carolina toward North Carolina and western Virginia.
  • Flash flooding is possible since soils are already saturated by recent rainfall in some of these areas.

Tropical Depression Bertha will track farther inland across North Carolina and Virginia through Wednesday night with heavy rainfall that could trigger flash flooding.

Bertha made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph just to the east of Charleston, South Carolina, at 9:30 a.m. EDT, according to the National Hurricane Center. This landfall occurred about one hour after Bertha quickly formed near the South Carolina coast this morning.

Since that time, Bertha has weakened to a tropical depression and it will eventually wind down into a remnant low as it moves farther inland over North Carolina and Virginia.

Despite weakening, Bertha will bring soaking rainfall and possible flooding into parts of the Carolinas and Virginia through Wednesday night. Gusty winds will also accompany this system as it moves inland.

Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches (locally up to 8 inches) are possible from eastern and central South Carolina to southeast and central North Carolina and southwest Virginia.

The National Weather Services (NWS) Weather Prediction Center has issued a moderate risk of excessive rain leading to flash flooding along the eastern slopes of the Appalachians in southwest Virginia.

Flash flood watches have been issued for portions of central and eastern South Carolina, central North Carolina and western Virginia, where the ground is already saturated by recent rainfall. This includes Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia.

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