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Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today

14 August 2017

Tropical Depression Eight has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gert after forming in the southwestern Atlantic. Gert will continue to move away from the United States and poses no threat to Southwest Louisiana. It was moving north-northwest at 10 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

A tropical depression formed off the coast of the Bahamas has a relatively low chance of impacting Central Florida, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

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The upper level winds that have been from the west and northwest, bringing down another cool front will curve the storm out to sea.

The storm will turn north late Sunday and eventually turn towards the northeast Monday.

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At the moment, it appears this alleyway will set up far enough east that the USA would avoid any direct impacts, but increased surf along the East Coast is possible. We are a few weeks from the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is around September 10th.

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Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today