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Tropical Storm Gert develops in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Gert develops in the Atlantic

The tropical depression east of the Bahamas will likely be designated a tropical storm later on Sunday.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Tropical Storm Gert was producing an area of maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, making it a minimal tropical storm force system. Tropical Depression 8 (TD 8) formed from what was Invest 99L Saturday evening around 10 PM CDT.

The low is forecast to move northwestward and then northward through the weekend, and then turn to the northeast away from the United States early next week.

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.

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Over the next few days, Gert will move north-northwest and eventually re-curve out to the open Atlantic.

Environmental conditions are expected to be ripe for gradual strengthening.

Even though it is not expected to make landfall, it will create swells that will be felt along the east coast in the form of choppy surf and an increased chance of rip currents, reports AccuWeather.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.


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