Tropical Storm Gert expected to form

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

A tropical storm will pass by the coast of North Carolina early this week, but the rain and wind will stay well offshore.

The U.S. based National Hurricane Center said, "Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour [55 km/h] with higher gusts".

Tropical Storm Gert has formed in the Atlantic basin and is expected to strengthen over the next several days.

Gert has sustained winds of 40mph and gusts up to 50mph.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the eighth depression of the season is not expected to make landfall.


A tropical wave that has just moved off the coast of Africa has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days as it moves westward. It is not expected to develop into a hurricane, as conditions will not be conducive for such development, AccuWeather reports.

The disturbance is forecast to move northwestward through the weekend and to turn northeastward - away from the USA coast - early next week.

When it does, it will be given the name Gert.

The biggest effects will be increased surf and rip current along the US Eastern Seaboard.

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