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Thursday evening Tropics check (08/17/2017)

Harvey forecast track (11pm 08/17/2017)
Posted at 3:30 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 19:13:02-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Hurricane Gert, with peak winds of 80 mph, is racing to the northeast into the northern North Atlantic, where a colder environment and faster upper-level winds will force it to transition into a post-tropical cyclone.

A developing tropical disturbance previously identified as a "potential tropical cyclone" has grown late Thursday afternoon into Tropical Storm Harvey, with highest wind speeds of 40 mph.  The forecast track for the storm rides along the central and southern edge of the Caribbean through the weekend, with slow intensification projected.

Two other tropical lows in the southern latitudes of the North Atlantic Ocean bear continued monitoring, though intensification efforts have been slowed somewhat by nearby dry air.  Long-range projections shows these systems maintaining a west or west-northwest track toward the Caribbean and the Greater Antilles.  Upper-level winds may also hinder strengthening of the disturbances in the short-term. 

There will likely be several more days, through the middle of next week, to monitor the progress and forecast patterns of these additional systems.