The eighth tropical depression of the Atlantic Hurricane Season formed late Saturday night. By Sunday afternoon, it strengthened into Tropical Storm Gert and by Monday night it became a hurricane.
Hurricane Gert is currently a category one hurricane, but could become a category two later this week. The storm track is also set to turn out toward sea over the course of the rest of the week, and will keep the storm far enough away from the coast that we’re not expecting any impacts.
Below is additional information from the National Hurricane Center:
Hurricane Gert Advisory Number 9
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL082017
1100 PM EDT Mon Aug 14 2017
…GERT BECOMES THE SECOND HURRICANE OF THE 2017 SEASON…
SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT…0300 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 445 MI…720 KM W OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…986 MB…29.12 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Gert was located
near latitude 31.2 North, longitude 72.3 West. Gert is moving toward
the north near 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn toward the northeast with an
increase in forward speed is expected late Tuesday or Tuesday night
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h)
with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles
The estimated minimum central pressure is 986 mb (29.12 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
SURF: Swells generated by Gert will spread northward along the
east coast of the United States from North Carolina northward to
Long Island during the next couple of days. Swells are also
expected to affect Bermuda during the next couple of days. These
swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.