Tropical Depression Eight forms east of the Bahamas

As of Sunday evening, TS Gert has winds of 40 MPH and it's center of circulation is 600 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach. A tropical storm will pass by the coast of North Carolina early this week, but the rain and wind will stay well offshore.

In the tropics Tropical Storm Gert has formed in the Atlantic.

The administration initially predicted that the ocean could see anywhere from 11-17 named tropical storm systems this year.

Of more concern, though, is a system located 200 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands, 99L, which has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next five days.

A slow strengthening is expected in the next day or two.

The 2017 hurricane season officially began June 1 and ends November 30.

Even though it is not expected to make landfall, it will create swells that will be felt along the east coast in the form of choppy surf and an increased chance of rip currents, reports AccuWeather.

The disturbance is forecast to move northwestward through the weekend and to turn northeastward - away from the USA coast - early next week.

  • Joey Payne