Tropical Depression Eight forms east of the Bahamas

13 August, 2017, 23:10 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

Somewhat favorable conditions should allow the system to strengthen as it moves northward.

The main impact for both Bermuda and the southeastern United States at this point will be higher waves, rough surf and an increased threat for rip currents into the middle of the week that can impact boaters and beachgoers. Gert is the next name on the 2017 list of hurricane names.

At 11 p.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center declared that an area of low pressure north and east of the Bahamas has formed a close, low level center-making it a tropical depression. A storm has to have sustained winds of 39 miles per hour to become a tropical storm. It has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.

Any wind and rain from the storm will stay well offshore.

Is it anything to worry about on the East Coast?

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

At the moment, it appears this alleyway will set up far enough east that the USA would avoid any direct impacts, but increased surf along the East Coast is possible.

We are getting into the peak of the hurricane season.

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