Tropical Storm Gert expected to form

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

A disturbance about 300 miles east of the Turks and Caicos Islands could develop into a tropical depression over the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said Friday night (Aug. 11).

The next name on the list is Gert if Eight becomes a tropical storm.

The storm is located east of the Bahamas.

The depression is now sporting wind speeds of 35 miles per hour and is moving north-northwest at around 14 miles per hour. A tropical storm will pass by the coast of North Carolina early this week, but the rain and wind will stay well offshore.

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.

North Korea tensions continue to weigh on global stocks
The dollar index, which measures the U.S. currency against a basket of major peers, slipped 0.1 percent as U.S. OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude added 21 cents to $49.38 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Conditions are gradually becoming more conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form during the next day or two.

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

Meanwhile, the NHC has started tracking a recently emerged low pressure area off the west coast of Africa with a slight, 20 percent probability of becoming the Atlantic's next tropical cyclone in the next five days.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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