August 10, 2014
Former Hurricane Bertha to sweep through Burnham area today

The remains of Hurricane Bertha will sweep through the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Sunday, August 10th), according to forecasters.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and strong winds for the region throughout Sunday.

A spokesman said: "There is the potential for rainfall totals of more than 50mm in places and coastal gusts of over 60mph, along with large waves."

"The locations affected are very dependent on the track of the low but the heaviest rainfall is thought most likely around and to the northwest of the low centre whilst the strongest winds are most likely around the southern flank of the low."

"The remains of Hurricane Bertha are changing to attain the characteristics of a mid-latitude depression, albeit with very warm air wrapped up within it. This feature looks to move towards the UK before deepening rapidly on Saturday night and Sunday morning."

Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue has warned people to take extra care when using the town's seafront and local beaches if the forecast strong winds combine with high tides to create stormy sea conditions.

The storm has come from the western side of the Atlantic, after hitting the Caribbean with gusts of more than 90mph, leaving thousands without power.


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