Latest tropical storm expected to veer out to sea and dissipate in the next few days
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Gert, the seventh named tropical cyclone in the Atlantic, will brush Bermuda with 45 mph winds before heading out into the open waters of the Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for Bermuda late Sunday afternoon, with tropical-storm force winds extending out about 70 miles from the center of the storm. Rainfall on Bermuda is expected to total between one and three inches, and large swells generated by Gert are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.
Gert has developed some strong winds and a circular area of deep convection, but is lacking in banding features. The storm could strengthen in the next 24 hours as it passes over warm water with little in the way of wind shear to break down the circulation. But by Tuesday, Gert will run into a strong band of westerlies and then become embedded in a frontal zone, where it will become an extratropical cyclone.
A second area of disturbed weather tracking just to the south and east of Gert is only given a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next couple of days.