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Tropical depression forms in Atlantic Ocean

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

From BayNews9.com

MIAMI (AP) -- A tropical depression has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.

The storm is located about 250 miles south-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands.

The depression is moving toward the west-northwest at about nine mph, and forecasters are expecting that to continue with some increase in speed over the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening was forecast, and the hurricane center said early Thursday that the depression could become a tropical storm later in the day

***Hopefully all the rain will keep Gulf tempereatures down

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

She is now TS Bertha

Tropical Storm Bertha was upgraded from a tropical depression shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Time to start emptying your ice cube trays into the Gulf and the Atlantic!

Fritch, TX(Zone 6b)

GO AWAY BERTHA!

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Bertha is expected to become a hurricane in 3 days. So far it looks like it's headed towards the Carolina coast, although this is very early yet.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at2+shtml/203412.shtml?5day#contents

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Good Morning Marilyn...your link didn't work so I copied from NOAA NHC Tropical Update

WTNT32 KNHC 060842
TCPAT2
BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM BERTHA ADVISORY NUMBER 13
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022008
500 AM AST SUN JUL 06 2008

...BERTHA APPROACHING WARMER WATERS AND EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN...

AT 500 AM AST...0900Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERTHA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.3 NORTH...LONGITUDE 43.2 WEST OR ABOUT 1310
MILES...2110 KM...EAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS.

BERTHA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 22 MPH...35 KM/HR. A GENERAL
WEST-NORTHWESTWARD MOTION WITH A GRADUAL DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED
IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS...AS BERTHA REMAINS OVER
THE WATERS OF THE CENTRAL TROPICAL ATLANTIC. IT IS MUCH TOO EARLY
TO DETERMINE IF BERTHA WILL EVENTUALLY AFFECT ANY LAND AREAS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH...85 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. GRADUAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF
DAYS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 85 MILES...140 KM
FROM THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB...29.53 INCHES.

REPEATING THE 500 AM AST POSITION...17.3 N...43.2 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...WEST NEAR 22 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
1100 AM AST.

$$
FORECASTER KNABB

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Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Thank you!!! :-)

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