Tropical Depression Eight forms in the Atlantic

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Tropical Depression Eight formed late Saturday night in the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of the Bahamas.

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 disturbance that has been slowly making its way across the Atlantic since last week has organized and gained strength, becoming the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season's eighth tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center reports.

As of Sunday morning, it was moving north-northwest at 13 miles per hour towards the U. It is expected to become Tropical Storm Gert Sunday with further strengthening through Tuesday. Although there may be some high surf on the coastline this week, the heavy rains and winds of the storm will stay well offshore.

At the moment, it appears this alleyway will set up far enough east that the US would avoid any direct impacts, but increased surf along the East Coast is possible. It is not expected to develop into a hurricane, as conditions will not be conducive for such development, AccuWeather reports.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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