Tropical depression likely to be declared Tropical Storm "Gert" later Sunday


Tropical depression likely to be declared Tropical Storm

Somewhat favorable conditions should allow the system to strengthen as it moves northward.

The depression would earn the name Gert when winds increase to 39 miles per hour.

A cold front along the East Coast should keep the depression away from the eastern seaboard.

Tropical Depression Eight formed late Saturday night in the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of the Bahamas.

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

As of the 11 a.m. advisory, the center was located about 525 miles southwest of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. If it does, it will be Tropical Storm Gert.

Is it anything to worry about on the East Coast?

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

Tropical Depression Eight will take the alleyway in between those large-scale weather systems. With its current forecast track, the only impact to the United States will be some increased surf along the coast.