MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- Hurricane Gert reached top wind speed of 100 mph Wednesday as it continued moving northeast in the western Atlantic, maintaining some distance from the United States east coast. The forecast for Gert carries the system farther north into the colder environment of the North Atlantic, where it will lose its tropical characteristics later this week.
Two other tropical lows in the southern edges 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. There will likely be several more days, beyond this weekend, to monitor the evolution and forecast patterns of these systems.