Tropical depression likely to be declared Tropical Storm "Gert" later Sunday

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

A disturbance that has been slowly making its way across the Atlantic since last week has organized and gained strength, becoming the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season's eighth tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center reports.

Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph and extended some 80 miles northeast of the storm's center, the Hurricane Center's advisory said.

A turn toward the north is forecast for tonight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast by Monday night. Tropical Depression 8 (TD 8) formed from what was Invest 99L Saturday evening around 10 PM CDT.




The environment around this storm is improving, with less wind shear and dry air, but these still not ideal conditions should keep Tropical Depression Eight from getting too strong. With its current forecast track, the only impact to the United States will be some increased surf along the coast. A storm has to have sustained winds of 39 miles per hour to become a tropical storm.

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

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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