Florida, US in clear as tropical depression grows in strength

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

That said, environmental conditions are expected to be good enough to allow Eight to become a tropical storm on Sunday, and it should strengthen as it moves northward in the western Atlantic.

The storm is churning at 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph, moving NNW around 10 mph.

The Hurricane Center's projected path of the storm has it remaining at sea as it curves along the East Coast before heading into the north Atlantic Ocean later this week.

The depression would earn the name Gert when winds increase to 39 miles per hour.

However, a turn to the north and eventually northeast is forecast to begin tonight, which should steer the storm away from the U.S.

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.

"Gert" becomes the 7th named tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Forecasters are also watching a tropical wave that has moved off the west coast of Africa.

The latest information from the National Hurricane Center can be found here.

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