Saturday October 10th, 2015 8:34AM

Hurricane Bertha unlikely to make landfall in US

By The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) Newly formed Hurricane Bertha was churning northward Monday far from land, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast. <br /> <br /> The center of the storm is expected to stay offshore as it passes wide of the U.S. mainland over the next few days, and the storm is also likely to miss Bermuda. A forecast map shows that Bertha could brush Canada's easternmost provinces as a post-tropical storm later this week. <br /> <br /> "There's no direct impact that will be felt on the U.S. East Coast. However, there could be added surf and rip current conditions," said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. <br /> <br /> That doesn't mean coastal residents should let their guard down, though. <br /> <br /> "We've still got the peak of the season to go on the Atlantic side, mid-August to mid-October," Feltgen said. <br /> <br /> The storm strengthened to a hurricane Monday morning with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph) with little change expected in the next 24 hours. It was forecast to start weakening Tuesday. The hurricane was centered about 230 miles (370 kilometers) northeast of Great Abaco Island and is moving north near 17 mph (28 kph). <br /> <br /> On Sunday, the storm buffeted parts of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos with rain and gusty winds, after passing over the Dominican Republic and causing temporary evacuation of dozens of families as its downpours raised rivers out of their banks. Earlier, it dumped rain on Puerto Rico, which has been parched by unusually dry weather. <br /> <br /> Before Bertha reached the Turks & Caicos, residents pulled boats ashore or moored them at marinas in the tourism-dependent archipelago that has little natural protection from strong storm surges. Tourism Director Ralph Higgs said hotels were ``taking the threat of the storm seriously.''
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 9 months ago )
High court to adopt electronic filing of cases
The Supreme Court is belatedly developing an electronic filing system similar to those used in courts around the country, Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday in his annual end-of-year report.
7:57PM ( 9 months ago )
Storm brings snow, cold to West for New Year's
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
5:19PM ( 9 months ago )
U.S. News
WEEK 7: Region title, playoff races take shape after big night
The state playoff picture began to take a little better shape after some key matchups Friday night.
By AccessWDUN Staff
9:16AM ( 41 minutes from now )
Donald Trump, brash New Yorker, picks up campaign in Southern states key to GOP nomination
ATLANTA (AP) — Donald Trump is a brash New Yorker who knows the path to the Republican presidential nomination runs through a swath of Southern states where residents pride themselves on graciousness...
5:49AM ( 2 hours ago )
Alleged cartel leaders have first court appearance in Atlanta
Two men accused of running tractor-trailer trucks full of cocaine from Mexico to the eastern United States have been arraigned in Atlanta.
By Associated Press
5:45AM ( 2 hours ago )
1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Texas Southern University student-housing complex in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — A student was killed and another person was wounded during a shooting outside a Texas Southern University student-housing complex on Friday, and police have detained two men for questio...
9:43PM ( 10 hours ago )
Pilot killed in Pickens County crash identified
Authorities have released the identity of the pilot killed in a small plane crash in Pickens County Thursday.
5:30PM ( 15 hours ago )