Tropical Depression Seven strengthens, becomes Tropical Storm Gaston in the Atlantic

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As of 8 p.m. EDT, tropical depression seven exhibited maximum sustained wind speeds of 40 mph, prompting the National Hurricane Center in Miami to classify the system as Tropical Storm Gaston.

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Gaston is expected to move towards the north-northwest into a favorable area of low wind shear as well as warm ocean waters over the next few days.

As a result, Tropical Storm Gaston is expected to strengthen into a hurricane between now and Wednesday.

Gaston is located in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and it is expected to remain far from any land areas through the weekend.