Tropical Storm Gert Not a Threat For U.S. East Coast and Bermuda; High Surf, Rip Current Threat For Parts of East Coast

Jonathan Belles
Published: August 14, 2017

Tropical Storm Gert is expected to become a hurricane but will remain well off the East Coast this week, with increased wave action the only reminder for some East Coast residents.

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Gert became the seventh named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season late Sunday afternoon. Only three other years have had seven or more tropical storms by Aug. 13: 1936, 1995 and 2005.

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Gert is still battling some light northerly wind shear at this time, without which it would have strengthened faster due to its proximity to very warm water in the southwest Atlantic Ocean.

Current Storm Status

According to the National Hurricane Center, this wind shear should not prevent additional strengthening during the next day or so, and Gert is expected to attain hurricane status by Monday night or early Tuesday.

The good news is that this system is no direct threat to either the United States or Bermuda as it curls north along the west side of the Bermuda high-pressure system, then accelerates northeast, eventually getting caught up in the jet stream over the north Atlantic Ocean.

Projected Path and Intensity

While remaining several hundred miles off the East Coast, Gert will still generate some swells that should reach the Outer Banks of North Carolina Tuesday, then may briefly brush other parts of the Northeast seaboard as far north as Long Island through Wednesday.

While not a major event, rip currents are expected at the beaches in these locations. 

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Elsewhere in the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center has highlighted a new area of interest southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands for a medium chance of development in the next five days.

This system will bear watching as it moves west-northwest through the week ahead toward an atmospheric environment that could be hospitable to development.

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