Tropical Depression Eight Is "Potential Threat"

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

Tropical wave moves northwest toward US; but landfall unlikely

Tropical Depression Eight formed Saturday evening in the Western Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said.

The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression Eight would not threaten the USA and stay to the east.

The U.S. based National Hurricane Center said, "Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour [55 km/h] with higher gusts".

If named, the storm will become Tropical Storm Gert.

At 5 a.m., the center of Tropical Depression No. 8 was located about 310 miles north-northeast of the southern Bahamas.

At this time, it is not expected to threaten the United States.

Even though it is not expected to make landfall, it will create swells that will be felt along the east coast in the form of choppy surf and an increased chance of rip currents, reports AccuWeather. It is not expected to develop into a hurricane, as conditions will not be conducive for such development, AccuWeather reports. It only has a 20 percent chance of tropical development within the next five days, but there are favorable conditions that could help it strengthen in the next few days.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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