Tropical Storm Gert forms in the Atlantic, no threat to United States

Posted at 4:54 PM, Aug 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 06:57:21-04

Tropical Storm Gert has formed in the Atlantic, becoming the seventh named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

As of the 5pm advisory, Gert was located north of the Bahamas with maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 mph and was traveling north northwest at 10 mph.

The system will be in a favorable environment for strengthening over the next few days. However, this won't be a concern for the United States or Bermuda as models are in good agreement that Gert will track north, then northeast early next week, away from land.

Because of this, the National Hurricane Center is not issuing any watches or warnings on Gert. 

Gert began as Invest 99L in the eastern Atlantic last week before struggling to develop much of the week. The Invest then encountered more favorable conditions with less wind shear and dry air over the weekend, allowing it to strengthen to Depression Eight Saturday night, and then into a weak tropical storm on Sunday.