Tropical Storm Gert expected to form

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

1 of 2 systems in the Atlantic could bring tropical trouble to SC coast, meteorologists say

The depression had winds of 35 miles per hour.

The storm is located east of the Bahamas. When it does, it will be given the name Gert.

That disturbance developed into Tropical Depression Eight Saturday evening. A storm has to have sustained winds of 39 miles per hour to become a tropical storm.

A turn toward the north is forecast to occur Sunday night, followed by a turn to the north-northeast on Monday.

Meanwhile, the NHC has started tracking a recently emerged low pressure area off the west coast of Africa with a slight, 20 percent probability of becoming the Atlantic's next tropical cyclone in the next five days.

Environmental conditions, including dry air aloft, have limited strengthening of the disturbance during the past few days, but conditions are expected to become more favorable for development during the next day or two, hurricane experts said.

Previously dubbed Invest 99L, this system has become a little better defined and the shower and thunderstorm activity has increased, allowing the upgrade to Tropical Depression Eight.

Check back with us at weather.com for the latest on this, and everything in the tropics this hurricane season.

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