Hurricane Bertha forms in the Atlantic

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM EDT shows Tropical Storm Bertha now moving towards the Bahamas. The storm is about 150 miles south of San Salvador. The winds are sustained at 45 MPH and is moving NW at 18 MPH. The central pressure is 1012 is expected remain the sane intensity. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, August 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM EDT shows Tropical Storm Bertha now moving towards the Bahamas. The storm is about 150 miles south of San Salvador. The winds are sustained at 45 MPH and is moving NW at 18 MPH. The central pressure is 1012 is expected remain the sane intensity. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Bertha has formed in the Atlantic off the U.S. East Coast but isn’t expected to be a threat to land.

The second hurricane of the Atlantic season had maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph) with little change expected in the next 24 hours. It was forecast to start weakening Tuesday.

The hurricane is centered about 230 miles (370 kilometers) northeast of Great Abaco Island and is moving north near 17 mph (28 kph).

The storm brushed the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas over the weekend as a tropical storm.

The current forecast map predicts that the center of the storm will stay offshore through Thursday.

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