Weekend tropical outlook: A depression could develop in the Atlantic

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

Tropical Depression number eight formed overnight and is expected to become a Tropical Storm at some point on Sunday.

Tropical Depression Eight will take a more northward turn early this week as it rides around the western periphery of a high pressure area off to its east. It is expected to be pushed off to the east by a non-tropical system on Tuesday or Wednesday according to AccuWeather, and is not seen as a direct threat to the US coast.

The system had sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 46 miles per hour late Saturday night. While the system is forecast to become a tropical storm the current forecast track keeps it away from the east coast and out to sea.

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The next named storm that forms in the Atlantic will be Gert.

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

There is also a tropical wave just west of Africa.

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Environmental conditions are expected to be ripe for gradual strengthening.

The chance of formation over the next two day is at 60%, and 70% over the next five days.

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