The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season’s eighth tropical depression just became its seventh tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center reports.
Tropical Storm Gert is currently roughly 500 miles off the coast of Florida and is making her way north-northwest through the Atlantic at about 10 mph. The storm is currently boasting winds of about 40 mph.
No tropical storm warnings or watches have yet been issued.
Gert is expected to move northwest, parallel with, but not close to, the east coast of the U.S. until late Tuesday or early Wednesday, when a non-tropical system will push it to the northeast and absorb it, reports AccuWeather. That system has the potential to drop heavy rain on the southeast as it approaches Gert.
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While not believed to be a threat to come ashore in the U.S., Gert will still cause effects that will be felt along the Lowcountry coast, including larger swells and breaking waves along with an increased chance for rip currents, according to Blair Holloway, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
The NHC is already watching another low pressure system coming off the west coast of Africa that has a small 10 percent chance to become the next tropical cyclone of the season within the next two days, and a slightly better 30 percent chance in the next five.