CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Tropical Storm Bertha has weakened to a tropical depression as it heads out of South Carolina and into North Carolina Wednesday night.
Hurricane season made an early appearance in South Carolina when Bertha made landfall in the Lowcountry Wednesday morning.
It formed just off the South Carolina coast, and its maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph as it came ashore.
The storm dumped several inches of rain, especially in downtown Charleston where authorities reported several street closures.
Rainfall totals reported included about 2 inches in Summerville, 3 inches in Mount pleasant, 4 inches on Kiawah Island and 6 inches on Seabrook Island. Bertha also brought heavy winds and rain to Georgetown County with winds reported at 50 mph at one point.
The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday night and well into Wednesday morning there was only about a 30% chance the disturbance would develop into a tropical storm.
Within about an hour of declaring it Tropical Storm Bertha, they increased that chance to 70% as the storm rapidly became better developed.
The National Weather Service had issued a tropical storm warning for Charleston and Berkeley Counties.
Georgetown and Horry counties were under a high rip current risk through Wednesday evening.
As of shortly before noon, several roadways that had been closed because of flooding have reopened.
Charleston Police only list the following closure:
- Wentworth Street at Barre Street - All lanes closed
The rain was relatively short-lived, with conditions improving by noon.
Bertha is the second named storm of the year. Tropical Storm Arthur formed on May 16 and dumped rain on the North Carolina coast before spinning back into the Atlantic.
Atlantic Hurricane Season does not officially begin until June 1, though this was the sixth consecutive year the season’s first named storm developed before June 1.