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Published:July 8th, 2008 11:48 EST

Bertha blows across the Atlantic Ocean

By SOP newswire

Hurricane Bertha is whipping across the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, with winds blowing at 195 kilometers per hour. But forecasters say the Category Three storm should begin to weaken in the coming days.

The U.S. National Hurricane center said - as of 5:00 a.m. EDT - Tuesday, the center of the storm is about 1,000 kilometers from the Northern Leeward Islands, and even farther from Bermuda.

Forecasters expect it to continue to head in the direction of Bermuda, though they say it could change direction before possibly making landfall.

Hurricane Bertha is the first hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.

A Category Three storm is the third most powerful storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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