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Monday evening Tropics check (8/14/2017)

Tropical Storm Gert track, 8/14/2017 pm
Tropical Storm Gert, 8/14/2017 pm
Tropical Disturbance, 8/14/2017
Tropical Disturbance, 8/14/2017
Posted at 5:10 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 16:38:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- There are still only two areas of interest in the tropics that we are watching, a disturbance near the Cape Verde Islands and Tropical Storm Gert.

Several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands is where we find out first area of interest. This disturbance has shown little organization since this afternoon, but environmental conditions remain conducive as this disturbance moves west at 15 mph. Because of this, there is a 60% chance of development in the next five days.

Tropical Storm Gert is continuing to move north between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States at about 8 mph. A turn to the northeast is expected during the day Tuesday keeping the storm away from the U.S. Gert has sustained winds of 75 mph with stronger gusts. There is a chance that the storm may strengthen to hurricane status before moving into the open Atlantic Ocean. 

While swells and slightly higher surf from Gert could be seen along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, we will not see a direct impact from this storm.