Tropical Storm Bertha forms off South Carolina coast, expected to make landfall late Wednesday

(WXXV) — Tropical Storm Bertha formed off the coast of South Carolina early Wednesday morning after quickly organizing overnight.

The storm poses no threat to the Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center says Bertha is expected to produce heavy rainfall across portions South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of South Carolina from Edisto Beach to South Santee River. Bertha is expected to bring tropical storm winds to portions of the South Carolina coast within the warning area in the next few hours.

This is the second named storm to form before the start of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, following Tropical Storm Arthur last week. Hurricane season officially begins June 1.

Forecasters are calling for above-normal activity this hurricane season. However, emergency management officials are urging coastal residents to prepare regardless of the seasonal outlook.

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