TROPICS: "Gert" becomes the 7th Tropical Storm of the season


TROPICS: "Gert" becomes the 7th Tropical Storm of the season

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

As of the 11 a.m. advisory, the center was located about 525 miles southwest of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

The depression is now sporting wind speeds of 35 miles per hour and is moving north-northwest at around 14 miles per hour.

"Gert" becomes the 7th named tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It's expected to remain east of the United States. As of Sunday morning the system was weak, but is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by the end of the day.

Additionally, there is a small area off the coast of Africa with a low chance of development over the next few days.

The latest information from the National Hurricane Center can be found here.

Previously dubbed Invest 99L, this system has become a little better defined and the shower and thunderstorm activity has increased, allowing the upgrade to Tropical Depression Eight.

At the moment, it appears this alleyway will set up far enough east that the US would avoid any direct impacts, but increased surf along the East Coast is possible.

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