Tropical Storm 'Gert' Forms in the Atlantic

Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph and extended some 80 miles northeast of the storm's center, the Hurricane Center's advisory said.

Gert will not be a big problem for the United States thanks in part to a cold front settling into the southeastern corner of the country.

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

The hurricane center said gradual strengthening is expected, and the depression should become Tropical Storm Gert later today.

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

However, a turn to the north and eventually northeast is forecast to begin tonight, which should steer the storm away from the U.S. Tropical Depression 8 (TD 8) formed from what was Invest 99L Saturday evening around 10 PM CDT.

The chance of formation over the next two day is at 60%, and 70% over the next five days.

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.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

  • Rogelio Becker