Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today

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Forecasters give the disturbance a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical system during the next couple of days and a 60 percent chance of formation by the middle of next week.

We have been watching a disturbance for the past week in the Atlantic Ocean.

It's moving to the north-northwest at about 17 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. It is expected to be pushed off to the east by a non-tropical system on Tuesday or Wednesday according to AccuWeather, and is not seen as a direct threat to the USA coast. In about 4 days it will become an extra tropical storm in the north Atlantic.

However, a turn to the north and eventually northeast is forecast to begin tonight, which should steer the storm away from the U.S. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting tropical storm strength by Sunday night, which will make tropical storm Gert, the seventh named storm of the season.

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A tropical wave that has just moved off the coast of Africa has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days as it moves westward.

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.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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