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Sunday evening Tropics check (08/13/2017)

Atlantic tropical wave
Tropical Storm Gert forecast track
Tropical Storm Gert
Tropical Storm Gert forecast track
Posted at 4:46 PM, Aug 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-13 16:23:06-04

MIDWAY, FL (WTXL) -- There are two areas of tropical interest that are being watched. One area in the Western Atlantic has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gert. The other area is a wave just off the coast of Western Africa.

Tropical Storm Gert is 500 miles southwest of Bermuda producing winds of 40 mph. It is moving north-northwest at 10 mph, but is expected to turn northeast on Monday. This change in movement will keep Gert well off the eastern American coastline. It is not a local threat, although some southeastern states may see high swells as Gert passes by early next week.

A tropical wave located southeast of the Cape Verde Islands has a 30% chance of development over the next five days. It will likely continue its westward motion at 15 mph. The storm will travel through a favorable environment for strengthening. 

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You can catch the forecast on WTXL Sunrise starting at 5:00, as well as WTXL Midday at Noon. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse has your forecast at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 this evening.

Plus, you can get the Storm Team Forecast every 10 minutes on Channel 27.3 Weather NOW. 

-- Storm Team Meteorologist Valerie Mills