Tropical Storm Bertha continues to move up the Atlantic.
The closest the storm will come to Rhode Island is about 300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The storm has been steadily decaying in power, and not expected to dump too much rain on the state. (Though thunderstorms have been predicted for this week. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory.)
National Weather Service spokesperson Bill Simpson says it’s still expected to have an impact on Rhode Island waves.
Rhode Island is receiving more federal funding to continue cleanup efforts started after Superstorm Sandy. The money will also be used to prepare the state for future storms and the effects climate change.
Residents and businesses in the North Kingstown area are invited to a free public meeting regarding the impacts of climate change, rising tides, and flooding in the coastal communities of Rhode Island.
A new report about Rhode Island’s beaches finds steady improvements in the water quality since 2008. Health officials closed beaches for fewer days last year than it did in 2011, and more improvements are in the works.