FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The tropical disturbance that was near Florida over the holiday weekend has become Tropical Storm Bertha.
It is the second named storm of the 2020 hurricane season and the first storm to make landfall.
Bertha made landfall at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, east of Charleston, South Carolina.
Right before making landfall, a buoy registered a wind speed of 50 mph.
Unfortunately, Bertha will bring heavy rainfall to the Carolinas and Virginia.
This part of the country is extremely saturated from daily rounds of rain last week.
Some areas in Virginia have received over nine inches of rain.
The rain has caused major flooding, landslides and roads to washout.
Along with heavy rainfall, Bertha will bring gusty winds, life-threatening surf and rip currents along the eastern seaboard.
This is the 6th time a “B” named storm has developed before the official start of Hurricane Season on June 1.
The last time there were two preseason storms was in 2016.