Tropical Storm Bertha spared Bermuda's tourism infrastructure as it sideswiped Bermuda late Monday with wind gusts of up to 60 mph and waves as high as 22 feet.

Thousands of Bermudians experienced power outages but there were no reported injuries or deaths.

Bertha's wind gusts did cause some beach erosion and damage to private homes.

The storm moved well northeast of Bermuda on Tuesday, where it could regain hurricane strength over open water within a day or two, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Bertha made the record books as the longest-lived July storm, and she's not through yet. Bertha formed on July 3, grew into a Category 2 storm on July 7 for the next six days before dropping back to a tropical storm.

All 16 commercial flights in and out of Bermuda, which were canceled Monday, are back on schedule today.

High surf conditions are beginning to dissipate, although riptides and strong currents are being felt from the Carolinas through Maine and into Canada's Maritime provinces.

Meanwhile, forecasters are keeping an eye on a tropical wave as it heads toward the northeastern Caribbean. Its current track has it approaching near Haiti in about five days. One forecast calls for the wave to become a weak hurricane by Saturday. If so, the National Hurricane Center will name it Cristobal.


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