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    WATCH: Bertha's Turbulent Surf Churns East Coast Beaches

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    August 07, 2014, 10:00:23 AM EDT

    While the United States will escape a direct hit from Bertha, rough surf and the threat of rip currents will continue through midweek along the East coast.

    Over late week, Bertha will turn northeastward into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean and will stay away from the United States. Bertha was losing tropical characteristics on Wednesday.

    However, that does not mean that rough surf conditions will immediately end on the beaches of the U.S. East Coast.

    During Thursday and Friday, the rough conditions will gradually diminish from south to north.

    While Bertha's winds have remained offshore, the winds have generated swells that propagated outward.

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    In Ocean City, Maryland, beachgoers were surprised when a 'sinkhole' opened up on Tuesday along the shore. The waves created a giant pool of water on the sand. As Bertha pushes north, the turbulent waters could create a dangerous situation.


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    "Beachgoers should pay close attention to local warnings and talk to their lifeguards about water conditions," AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline said.

    If you are caught in a rip current, get out of the fast-flowing water by swimming parallel to the coast in order to avoid fighting the current and expending energy.

    Bertha will slowly lose strength through the rest of this week after being classified as a Category 1 hurricane for a time on Monday.

    Bertha's remnants are forecast to pass very close to southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday with wind, rain and rough seas.

    Those in Bermuda may also notice an increase in showers and thunderstorms on through Thursday. However, the center of Bertha with the strongest winds will pass to the west and north of the islands.

    Low Hurricane Count for June, July Not Uncommon

    The relatively quiet Atlantic tropical season so far in 2014 is not that uncommon. Although the season officially begins on June 1, the most active period does not begin until mid-August.

    Stef Davis and Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno explain the ebb and flow of the hurricane season in the video below:

    AccuWeather is forecasting a slightly below-average number of tropical storms and hurricanes this season in the Atlantic.

    Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to this story. Thumbnail image: (Flickr/TruTourism)

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