Bertha turns Folly Beach into surfer's paradise

Published: Aug. 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM EDT
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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - For surfing enthusiasts, Bertha means surf is up, even though the system weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm.

Meteorologist Justin Lock says swells from Bertha arrived at area beaches, producing three-to-five-foot waves expected throughout most of Tuesday.

"The waves will be best through the early afternoon, a few hours before high tide," Lock said.

The Washout was packed with surfers Tuesday afternoon, as dozens - if not hundreds - took turns ripping through the massive-for-Folly-Beach waves.

However, there is a moderate risk for rip currents, so surfers and swimmers should stay safe when they're in the water.

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Bertha had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, nine below the threshold that would classify it as a hurricane. Forecasters say it will continue to move to the northeast, away from land as it diminishes in the Atlantic.

Lock says the ocean will be more calm on Wednesday.

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