The Tropical Depression is expected to stay well off to our east and will not impact our coast here in North Carolina.
As of the 5pm advisory, Gert was located north of the Bahamas with maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 miles per hour and was traveling north northwest at 10 miles per hour.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has upgraded "Tropical Depression 8" to Tropical Storm (TS) Gert in the Atlantic Ocean. This, along with a persistent ridge of high pressure east of the system in the Atlantic, will help to steer the storm away from the American east coast and then out toward open water.
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No warnings or watches have been issued at this time.
A turn toward the north is forecast for tonight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast by Monday night.
When it does, it will be given the name Gert. It is expected to remain a tropical storm through the first half of next week.
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Over the next few days, Gert will move north-northwest and eventually re-curve out to the open Atlantic. "Slow strengthening is forecast during the next day or two".
The storm is churning at 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph, moving NNW around 10 mph.
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