Tropical Storm 'Gert' Forms in the Atlantic

Posted August 14, 2017

Tropical Storm Jova formed in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico's west coast, but it quickly weakened into a depression Saturday and forecasters said it posed no threat to land.

The depression had winds of 35 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Gert expected to form
Florida, US in clear as tropical depression grows in strength

A tropical depression in the western Atlantic is expected to become a tropical storm later today. It takes 39 miles per hour or higher to be declared a tropical storm.

A turn toward the north is forecast to occur Sunday night, followed by a turn to the north-northeast on Monday. It is expected to remain a tropical storm through the first half of next week. With its current forecast track, the only impact to the United States will be some increased surf along the coast.

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The storm is churning at 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph, moving NNW around 10 mph.

Gert is the seventh named Tropical Storm of the 2017 Hurricane Season.

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Over the next few days, Gert will move north-northwest and eventually re-curve out to the open Atlantic.

A slow strengthening is expected in the next day or two.

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