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Tropical depression forms east of Bahamas

14 August 2017
Tropical depression forms east of Bahamas

As of 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Tropical Storm Gert was producing an area of maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, making it a minimal tropical storm force system.

Gert will not be a big problem for the United States thanks in part to a cold front settling into the southeastern corner of the country.

Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center have their eyes on two disturbances in the Atlantic, one of which is situated just off the east coast of Florida.

The depression is expected to develop into a tropical storm on Sunday. Winds this morning were 35 miles per hour. Gert is the next name on the 2017 list of hurricane names.

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

Forecasters are also watching a tropical wave that has moved off the west coast of Africa.

Previously dubbed Invest 99L, this system has become a little better defined and the shower and thunderstorm activity has increased, allowing the upgrade to Tropical Depression Eight.

Check back with us at weather.com for the latest on this, and everything in the tropics this hurricane season.