Tropical Storm Gert forms in Atlantic near Bermuda

Tropical Storm Gert forms in Atlantic near Bermuda

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. Winds this morning were 35 miles per hour.

The administration initially predicted that the ocean could see anywhere from 11-17 named tropical storm systems this year.

"A turn toward the north is forecast to occur tonight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast by Monday night", NHC said in a public advisory Sunday afternoon. Tropical Depression 8 (TD 8) formed from what was Invest 99L Saturday evening around 10 PM CDT. With its current forecast track, the only impact to the United States will be some increased surf along the coast.

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Environmental conditions, including dry air aloft, have limited strengthening of the disturbance during the past few days, but conditions are expected to become more favorable for development during the next day or two, hurricane experts said.

Gert is the seventh name storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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