Tropical Depression Eight Is "Potential Threat"

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Tropical Depression Eight Is "Potential Threat"

Tropical Depression Eight, located several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda, is forecasted to veer out into the Atlantic Ocean throughout the week, according to forecast models from the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph and extended some 80 miles northeast of the storm's center, the Hurricane Center's advisory said. As of Sunday morning the system was weak, but is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by the end of the day.

The storm is expected to continue to track to the north-northwest today - and toward the U.S. East Coast. It is expected to be pushed off to the east by a non-tropical system on Tuesday or Wednesday according to AccuWeather, and is not seen as a direct threat to the US coast.

"Gert" becomes the 7th named tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

A turn toward the north is forecast to occur Sunday night, and to the north-northeast on Monday. Tropical Depression 8 (TD 8) formed from what was Invest 99L Saturday evening around 10 PM CDT.

Forecasters are also watching a tropical wave that has moved off the west coast of Africa. Storm formation chance through 48 hours are near zero percent, and 20 percent over five days.