Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

A tropical depression pushing north-northwest in the Atlantic Ocean is expected to become Tropical Storm Gert later Sunday, but the system poses no threat to Florida or the U.S. East Coast, forecasters predict.

Tropical Depression Eight's sustained winds are at 35 miles per hour and the minimum pressure is at 1011 millibars.

The depression had winds of 35 miles per hour.

While its intensity will likely peak as a strong tropical storm, it's possible this storm will become a hurricane early this week. It is expected to curve away from the east coast and remain between the United States and Bermuda.

A turn toward the north is forecast to occur Sunday night, followed by a turn to the north-northeast on Monday.

At the moment, it appears this alleyway will set up far enough east that the US would avoid any direct impacts, but increased surf along the East Coast is possible.

Environmental conditions are expected to be ripe for gradual strengthening. It only has a 20 percent chance of tropical development within the next five days, but there are favorable conditions that could help it strengthen in the next few days.

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