Tropical Storm Bertha forms in Atlantic

July 3, 2008 8:18:05 AM PDT
Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ** Tropical Storm Bertha's current location **

At 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, the center of the storm was located about 190 miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

The second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is moving toward the west-northwest at about 14 mph, and forecasters expect that to continue for the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph. Some gradual strengthening is forecast during the next day or two.

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