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Old July 11th, 2008, 12:34 PM
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U.S. NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER

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BERTHA STILL A NORTHWESTWARD-MOVING CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE.

IT IS STILL TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT TO WHICH BERTHA COULD IMPACT BERMUDA.

INTERESTS ON THAT ISLAND SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR
THE PROGRESS OF BERTHA DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 5:00 PM AST THE CENTER OF HURRICANE BERTHA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 27.2 NORTH LONGITUDE 60.8 WEST OR ABOUT 425 MILES (685 KM) SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.

BERTHA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH (17 KM/HR).

A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH AND A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED ARE EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK BERTHA WILL SLOWLY APPROACH BERMUDA FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 85 MPH (140 KM/HR) WITH HIGHER GUSTS.

BERTHA IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE.

SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN STRENGTH ARE POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 30 MILES (45 KM) FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES (220 KM).

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 980 MB (28.94 INCHES).

LARGE SWELLS AND HIGH SURF HAVE STARTED TO AFFECTED BERMUDA.

THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
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