Brewing Tropical Storm Gert to stir choppy seas along US East Coast – AccuWeather.com
Tropical Depression 8 is expected to strengthen into the newest tropical storm offshore of the southeastern United States by the end of the weekend.
Tropical Depression 8 formed a couple hundred miles northeast of the Bahamas on Saturday night and is forecast to further strengthen into Tropical Storm Gert later on Sunday.
“Gert will then continue to slowly intensify through Tuesday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.
Even if further strengthening takes place, chances are low for the depression to rapidly intensify and become a hurricane.
“The depression is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Outer Banks of North Carolina early this week with no direct impact to land,” Travis said.
However, cruise and shipping interests in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean will face rough seas, heavy rain and strong wind gusts.
The swells generated from the depression will also lead to increased wave action and rip currents along the east coast of the U.S., especially along the beaches from the Carolinas to the Delmarva Peninsula and Bermuda.
While seas will not be too dangerous to enter as if a major hurricane was taking the same track as the depression, beachgoers will want to use caution and only swim when a lifeguard is present.
Tuesday into Wednesday, the depression is expected to get swept off to the northeast and absorbed by a non-tropical system over the open waters of the northern Atlantic.
Despite the depression remaining well offshore, localized flash flooding may still unfold across the southeastern U.S. early this week from the non-tropical system. The northeastern U.S. will welcome a brief dry spell during this time before a turn to stormier and steamy weather later in the week.
“Elsewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, we are watching another robust tropical wave that just emerged off the coast of Africa,” Travis said.
Gradual development may occur as the system crosses the open waters of the eastern and central Atlantic this week.
“Given current projections, this system would reach the Leeward Islands late this week or next weekend,” Travis said.