Tropical Storm Gert not a threat to U.S., Bermuda

Aug. 14 (UPI) — The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Gert, the seventh named storm of the season, is not a threat to the United States or Bermuda as it is moving away from land.

Gert, which has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, is located about 475 miles west-southwest of Bermuda. The storm system is moving north-northwest at 9 mph.

The NHC said Gert is moving “well away from land” and will pass about midway between the United States’ east coast and Bermuda on Tuesday. However, the storm is expected to strengthen within the next 48 hours.

Gert could become a hurricane by Wednesday, the NHC added. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from Gert’s center.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The Weather Channel warns that although Gert is no direct threat to land, it could generate swells that could reach the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Tuesday and may briefly brush the rest of the Northeast seaboard from the Delmarva Peninsula through Wednesday — where rip currents at beaches are expected.

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