The National Hurricane Center is forecasting tropical storm strength by Sunday night, which will make tropical storm Gert, the seventh named storm of the season. In about 4 days it will become an extra tropical storm in the north Atlantic.
Even if further strengthening takes place, chances are low for Tropical Depression Eight to rapidly intensify and become a hurricane.
Tropical Depression Eight formed a couple hundred miles northeast of the Bahamas on Saturday night. If this storm develops, AccuWeather meteorologists have it taking two potential tracks, one of which would put it uncomfortably close to the Lowcountry. In a 7 p.m. advisory, the hurricane center said the system is expected to head up the eastern seaboard before veering northeastward away from the United States early next week. Bermuda may be affected by this system either Monday or Tuesday.
At the moment, it appears this alleyway will set up far enough east that the US would avoid any direct impacts, but increased surf along the East Coast is possible.
Seas will also be churned up across most of the East Coast early this week.
“At this time, the more likely scenario is for the tropical system to stay offshore”, AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said in a report.