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Storm watch: Bertha brews into tropical storm

Bertha brewed into a tropical storm late July 31, the second storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

The initial warnings for Bertha put Barbados, Dominica and St. Lucia on notice for Aug. 1. The storm drenched the Dominican Republic. As it passed southwest of Puerto Rico Aug. 2, Bertha dropped 3-5 inches of rain and left about tens of thousands of households without power.

By mid-day Aug. 3, Bertha had drifted away from the Turks and Caicos islands and the southeastern Bahamas. The storm was moving northwest at about 18 mph and tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 160 miles.

Forecasts showed Bertha curving north-northeast, moving parallel to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and not hitting the mainland.

Hurricane Arthur was the first storm of the season, making landfall in early July on the North Carolina coast.

Storm season began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted 8-13 named storms. Of those storms, NOAA predicted 3-6 could become hurricanes.

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