Tropical Storm Gert forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

1 of 2 systems in the Atlantic could bring tropical trouble to SC coast, meteorologists say

The seventh named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season formed in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Bahamas this afternoon. Movement was north-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

The depression is expected to develop into a tropical storm on Sunday.

The Hurricane Center's projected path of the storm has it remaining at sea as it curves along the East Coast before heading into the north Atlantic Ocean later this week.

Given Gert's movement and forecast, the Canadian maritime provinces and Bermuda will also be spared a direct impact, meaning Gert will essentially be a fish storm - a tropical system only moving over water throughout its lifespan.

A turn toward the north is forecast to occur Sunday night, and to the north-northeast on Monday. That disturbance developed into Tropical Depression Eight Saturday evening.

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

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30. It is now moving to the west-northwest at around 10 to 15 miles per hour and is expected to meet up with a larger area of low pressure southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands in the next few days.

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