Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Tropical Storm Gert develops in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Gert develops in the Atlantic

Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center have their eyes on two disturbances in the Atlantic, one of which is situated just off the east coast of Florida.

The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression Eight would not threaten the USA and stay to the east. It was moving north, northwest at 10 miles per hour.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is moving north-northwest at 13 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Also, the non-tropical system that is expected to push the storm to the east is anticipated to drop a significant amount of rain in its wake, and this could lead to localized flash flooding in the southeastern part of the country.

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

According to the NHC, it is expected to reach tropical storm strength later Sunday. With its current forecast track, the only impact to the United States will be some increased surf along the coast.

Stay tuned to News 5 on-air, online and be sure to follow the First Alert Storm Team on social media for the latest updates as we continue through this Hurricane Season.

Environmental conditions are expected to be ripe for gradual strengthening.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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