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Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Florida, US in clear as tropical depression grows in strength

Florida, US in clear as tropical depression grows in strength

Tropical Depression Eight formed late Saturday night in the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of the Bahamas. 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.

The low is forecast to move northwestward and then northward through the weekend, and then turn to the northeast away from the United States early next week.

The National Hurricane Center said on Sunday afternoon that Gert was centered about 505 miles (812 kilometers) west-southwest of Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph).

The depression had winds of 35 miles per hour. Gert is the next name on the 2017 list of hurricane names.

Conditions are gradually becoming more conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form during the next day or two.

There's also another tropical wave that forecasters are watching as of Sunday morning. We are a few weeks from the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is around September 10th. Storm formation chance through 48 hours are near zero percent, and 20 percent over five days.

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