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Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today

Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today”

As of the 5pm advisory, Gert was located north of the Bahamas with maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 miles per hour and was traveling north northwest at 10 miles per hour.

The track of the storm takes it between Hatteras and Bermuda on Tuesday, keeping it off the Carolina coastline by approx.

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The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Depression #8 to Tropical Storms Gert around 3:45PM CDT on Sunday.

Gert has sustained winds of 40mph and gusts up to 50mph.

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The system will be in a favorable environment for strengthening over the next few days.

Forecasters give the disturbance a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical system during the next couple of days and a 60 percent chance of formation by the middle of next week.

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"Gert" becomes the 7th named tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It is now moving north-northwest at 13 miles per hour. However, well before it reaches the east coast of the U.S.it is forecast to turn towards the northeast and move out to sea.



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