Tropical Storm Gert forms in Atlantic near Bermuda

99L strengthened into TD eight forecast to strengthen but stay away from any land

99L strengthened into TD eight forecast to strengthen but stay away from any land

The storm is located 810 km west-southwest of Bermuda and is moving towards the north-northwest at about 17 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

In the tropics Tropical Storm Gert has formed in the Atlantic. It takes 39 miles per hour or higher to be declared a tropical storm.

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. Movement was north-northwest at 13 miles per hour. With its current forecast track, the only impact to the United States will be some increased surf along the coast.

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That said, environmental conditions are expected to be good enough to allow Eight to become a tropical storm on Sunday, and it should strengthen as it moves northward in the western Atlantic.

Stay tuned to News 5 on-air, online and be sure to follow the First Alert Storm Team on social media for the latest updates as we continue through this Hurricane Season.

The system will be in a favorable environment for strengthening over the next few days.

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