Tropical Depression Eight forecast to become tropical storm Gert

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The area of low pressure we have been tracking in the Atlantic Ocean is now Tropical Depression Eight.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the eighth depression of the season is not expected to make landfall.

A low pressure area located about 150 miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands Saturday morning has become a little better defined and the shower activity has increased somewhat since Friday.

Forecasters give the disturbance a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical system during the next couple of days and a 60 percent chance of formation by the middle of next week.

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The hurricane center said gradual strengthening is expected, and the depression should become Tropical Storm Gert later today.

Thus, the most likely path early this week will be between Cape Hatteras and Bermuda.

The low pressure area off the coast of Florida is now moving north and is given a slight, 10 percent, chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five days. If the system goes farther west than expected, some outer rain bands may graze the North Carolina Outer Banks early this week.

The rest of the basin remains quiet at this time with only a few weak tropical waves moving over the open waters.

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