Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today – AL.com

A tropical depression in the western Atlantic is expected to become a tropical storm later today.

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

As of the last advisory Tropical Depression Eight was located about 310 miles north-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and was moving to the north-northwest at 14 mph.

The depression had winds of 35 mph. A storm has to have sustained winds of 39 mph to become a tropical storm.

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

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

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

8-13 Tropical outlook .jpgA 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. (NHC) 

There’s also another tropical wave that forecasters are watching as of Sunday morning.

That wave has just moved off the coast of Africa and is expected to move westward over the next few days.

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The hurricane center expected it to gradually strengthen over the next few days. It has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.

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