Tropical Storm Bertha makes landfall in SC

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A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect along the Carolina coast and a flash flood watch is in effect in the Charlotte area as heavy rain is expected.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the coast of South Carolina as Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall Wednesday morning.

At 11 a.m. the center of Tropical Storm Bertha was located about 40 miles northeast of Charleston, SC moving toward the north near 15 mph.

Berthan made landfall around 9:30 a.m. near Mount Pleasant, SC.

Bertha will continue to move inland across eastern and northern South Carolina later today and into central North Carolina by tonight.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Bertha is expected to weaken to a tropical depression after moving inland and become a remnant low tonight. 

Bertha is the second named storm of the year. The hurricane season officially starts on Monday.

Bertha is expected to produce total rain accumulation of 2 to 4 inches with isolated totals of 8 inches across eastern and central South Carolina into west central to far southeastern North Carolina and southwest Virginia.  This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from Noon Wednesday through late into the evening for Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.  Rain moved into the area midday and heavy rainfall is expected to develop later this afternoon, spreading in south to north from the Charlotte metro area to Northwest Piedmont. 

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Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are possible in a fairly short period of time, with locally higher amounts possible. This rainfall will combine with already nearly saturated soils to cause rapid stream rises and threat of flash flooding. 

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Download the WCNC app to be alerted of weather watches and warnings in your area.