Tropical storm Bertha could bring heavy rainfall to Atlantic region

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Weather Underground tracking map of tropical storm Bertha, which is set to bring wind and rain to the region Wednesday and Thursday.

HALIFAX — Atlantic Canada is gearing up for the second major storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Environment Canada is keeping tabs on tropical storm Bertha, the season’s second named storm, is it tracks northward from the Bahamas.

The offshore weather pattern is forecast to swing by the Atlantic region on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing with it the possibility of heavy rainfall along the coasts of southern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Some computer models indicate Bertha is moving faster than predicted several days ago, but the national weather agency said it is still too early to know exactly what to expect.

On Sunday, Environment Canada issued tropical cyclone information statements for all of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

As of Sunday, Bertha was moving northwest at 30 kilometres per hour with maximum sustained wind speeds of 75 km/h.

It was about one month ago that post-tropical storm Arthur slammed into the Atlantic region, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and torrential rains.

Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power in the wake of the storm, mostly in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia, Southern Nova Scotia New Brunswick

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