Tropical Depression No. 8 Expected To Become Tropical Storm

Tropical Depression 8

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 Tropical Depression is expected to stay well off to our east and will not impact our coast here in North Carolina.

Tropical Storm Gert forms in the Atlantic but is not expected to make landfall.

There are now no watches or warnings in effect.

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The low pressure area off the coast of Florida is now moving north and is given a slight, 10 percent, chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five days. The hurricane center's forecast said Jova would continue to weaken and likely dissipate Sunday.

We are getting into the peak of the hurricane season. However, well before it reaches the east coast of the U.S.it is forecast to turn towards the northeast and move out to sea.

The hurricane center said gradual strengthening is expected, and the depression should become Tropical Storm Gert later today.

Additionally, there is a small area off the coast of Africa with a low chance of development over the next few days.

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