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Hurricane Bertha Weakens

Hurricane Bertha has weakened as it continues to move northwestward across the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bertha now has sustained winds of 169 kilometers per hour, down from 195 kilometers per hour.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said as of 11:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the center of the storm was about 1,062 kilometers from the northern Leeward Islands, and about 1,570 kilometers from Bermuda.

Hurricane Bertha is expected to continue heading northwest toward Bermuda at about 16 kilometers per hour, but forecasters say the storm could change course before it makes landfall.

Bertha is the first hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic season.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.