Tropical Storm Gert forms east of the Bahamas

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

A tropical depression pushing north-northwest in the Atlantic Ocean is expected to become Tropical Storm Gert later Sunday, but the system poses no threat to Florida or the U.S. East Coast, forecasters predict.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour and is moving north-northwest at 13 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. This, along with a persistent ridge of high pressure east of the system in the Atlantic, will help to steer the storm away from the American east coast and then out toward open water.

The next name on the list is Gert if Eight becomes a tropical storm.

Over the next few days, Gert will move north-northwest and eventually re-curve out to the open Atlantic.

A slow strengthening is expected in the next day or two.

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.

Check back with us at weather.com for the latest on this, and everything in the tropics this hurricane season.

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