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Tropical Depression Eight forecast to become tropical storm Gert

Tropical Depression Eight forecast to become tropical storm Gert

Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center have their eyes on two disturbances in the Atlantic, one of which is situated just off the east coast of Florida. When it does, it will be given the name Gert.

Even though it is not expected to make landfall, it will create swells that will be felt along the east coast in the form of choppy surf and an increased chance of rip currents, reports AccuWeather. The system had sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 46 miles per hour late Saturday night.

Tropical Depression number eight formed overnight and is expected to become a Tropical Storm at some point on Sunday.

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However, a turn to the north and eventually northeast is forecast to begin tonight, which should steer the storm away from the U.S.

It is located about 260 miles east of the southeastern Bahamas and is expected to become a Tropical Storm by this afternoon.

The low pressure area off the coast of Florida is now moving north and is given a slight, 10 percent, chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five days. It has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.