Tropical storm Bertha heading to Atlantic Canada

Tropical Storm Bertha passes over the Bahamas in this August 3, 2014 NASA handout satellite photo....

Tropical Storm Bertha passes over the Bahamas in this August 3, 2014 NASA handout satellite photo. Bertha has become the second hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said August 4, 2014. (REUTERS/NASA MODIS Rapid Response Team/Handout via Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:07 PM ET

Batter up, Atlantic Canada.

A tropical storm that whipped Puerto Rico with heavy rains and strong winds on the weekend is expected to pay you a visit mid-week.

Bertha is likely to bring heavy rainfall to the coasts of southern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, but Environment Canada says it's still too early to predict if the storm will have a direct impact on land.

On Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was "moving toward the north-northwest, following a route off the eastern U.S. coast, at about 17 miles per hour (28 kph).

"Bertha is forecast to become a hurricane on Monday or Monday night," the NHC said.

Bertha is the second tropical storm to have an impact on Atlantic Canada this season.

Post-tropical storm Arthur battered the region in early July, and left hundreds of thousands in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick without power.


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