Bertha weakens to a tropical storm

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Hurricane Bertha: Second Atlantic Hurricane of the Season


MIAMI (AP) - Bertha has weakened to a tropical storm just a day after becoming a hurricane as it moves northward in the Atlantic, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast.

The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph (100 kph) early Tuesday with gradual weakening expected over the next two days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Bertha is forecast to pass midway between the East Coast and Bermuda later in the morning.

The storm is centered about 475 miles (765 kilometers) west of Bermuda and is moving north-northeast near 22 mph (35 kph).

On Sunday, the storm buffeted parts of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos with rain and gusty winds, after passing over the Dominican Republic. Earlier, it dumped rain on Puerto Rico.

Bertha weakens to a tropical storm
NOAA satellite loop of Hurricane Bertha taken on Monday morning, August 4, 2014.
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 at 01:45 AM EDT shows an elongated stationary front extending across the entire East Coast and into the Southeastern United States. Rain and a few thunderstorms are associated with this frontal boundary. A few thunderstorms and rain showers are over the Great Lakes due to a weakening cold front. Tropical Storm Bertha is just east of the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
Two women walk with the protection of an umbrella in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Bertha pushed just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds across the region. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A surfer enters the water to take advantage of the high waves in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Bertha pushed just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds across the region.(AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A woman looks over the seaside wall of the 16th century Spanish fort El Morro, under cloudy skies in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Bertha pushed just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds across the region. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Tourists wear rain coats as they walk towards the 16th century Spanish fort El Morro, under cloudy skies in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Bertha pushed just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds across the region. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Sergio DeSantiago, right, and wife, Bertha, sit on their beach chairs on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Manhattan Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
NOAA satellite loop of newly formed Tropical Storm Bertha taken on Friday morning, August 1, 2014. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Caribbean as the storm barrels in that direction.
Projected 5-day path of Tropical Storm Berth released by the National Hurricane center on Friday, August 1, 2014.
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