Tropical Storm Gert expected to form

Tropical Depression 8

Tropical Depression 8

Tropical Depression 8 formed over the western Atlantic Saturday night and is forecasted to strengthen into a tropical storm by Sunday night.

The storm is expected to continue to track to the north-northwest today - and toward the U.S. East Coast.

The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression Eight would not threaten the US and stay to the east.

The depression is now sporting wind speeds of 35 miles per hour and is moving north-northwest at around 14 miles per hour. If the system goes farther west than expected, some outer rain bands may graze the North Carolina Outer Banks early this week.

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"The models are in good agreement that it will turn northward, then northeast and accelerate on a path between the East Coast and Bermuda, safely away from both", said Dan Brown, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. If it does, it will be Tropical Storm Gert.

Environmental conditions are expected to be ripe for gradual strengthening. Movement was north-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

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.

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