Monday 5PM Update On BerthaAugust 4th, 2014 at 5:22 pm by Jeff Edmondson WAVY under Weather
The 5pm update just came in from the National Hurricane Center and Bertha remains a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75mph. Wind speeds have decreased a little bit as the hurricane looks a little bit more disorganized on satellite imagery. The Hurricane Hunters are currently investigating Bertha to see if winds have decreased even more. Bertha is going to pass between the East Coast of the U.S. and Bermuda. Check out the latest track below.
Bertha should begin to weaken late Tuesday and Wednesday as it runs into cooler waters and increasing wind shear. Bertha will remain offshore but will still bring us higher waves and a high threat for rip currents Tuesday and Wednesday.
Meteorologist Tiffany Savona
The track of this storm is perfect for a nice swell of waves for us across Virginia Beach and the OBX. Having a storm thread the needle between Bermuda and the USA should bring in some fun waves starting tomorrow. Lets talk about the swell; it will begin to arrive tomorrow afternoon with wave heights around 4-6ft for Hatteras and 3-5 for Kill Devil Hills/Nags Head. VB (including Croatan and Sandbridge) will see 2-4ft waves in the afternoon and evening. Our wind speeds should be Easterly at 5-10mph on Tuesday.
The surf could be fun tomorrow afternoon evening. Keep an eye on your favorite surf cam! On Wednesday, you may want to plan on some fun sets in the morning. We will likely see 3-4ft+ waves (Shoulder-High) for VB in the morning and around 3ft in the afternoon. For the OBX, you will see 3-5ft waves (Head) in the morning and 3-4ft in the afternoon. Our winds will be offshore on Wednesday (West 5-10mph).
Remember, the threats for rip currents will be high starting tomorrow and Wednesday, swim near a lifeguard and be careful if you want to swim.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson